Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On this day in 1904. Miguel Covarrubias

November 21, 1904. Miguel Covarrubias also known as José Miguel Covarrubias Duclaud (22 November 1904 - 4 February 1957) was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and art historian. Miguel's artwork and celebrity caricatures have been featured in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines. In this image: Covarrubias's caricature of himself as an Olmec.

Cover for Collier's Magazine, done during WWII. Caricature of Mussolini
From Sketches of Bali
Miguel Covarrubias was one of the most famous artists of his day, but chances are you’ve never heard of him. Caricaturists know his work- Al Hirschfeld studied under Covarrubias and shared a studio with him in 1924. He spoke of Covarrubias’ talent in the same breath as Daumier and Hogarth. Ethnologists and archaeologists know the name of Covarrubias as well. His analysis of pre-Columbian art and the culture of Bali led to books on the subject that have become classics. And his reputation as an anthropologist rivalled any of his peers in that field. Illustrator, caricaturist, anthropologist, author and educator… It’s high time you knew about Covarrubias too!

His art can be viewed at this website:

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

No, I had never heard of Covarrubias, just as you say. From what is depicted here, he was a VERY talented caricaturist. The one of Mussolini is wild! Of the photos you used to represent him, I like his self-portrait as an Olmec best. It looks like he had a sense of humor, as well as an amazing talent.