1951

February, ST and Hedda leave for an extended trip to Europe. In late March, they are in Palermo and travel in southern Italy. Over the next three months, they travel extensively elsewhere in Italy and also frequent casinos in Monte Carlo and San Remo, among other places. By late June, ST is in Nice visiting his parents.

Monte Carlo, 1951. Collection of Barbara Civita.
Monte Carlo, 1951. Collection of Barbara Civita.
Postcard of Monte Carlo from Steinberg’s collection, c. 1950. Saul Steinberg Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Postcard of Monte Carlo from Steinberg’s collection, c. 1950. Saul Steinberg Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Date of one of his most oft-reproduced drawings on Italian subjects, the famous 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.

Galleria di Milano, 1951. Ink and watercolor on paper, 23 x 14 ½ in. Private collection.
Galleria di Milano, 1951. Ink and watercolor on paper, 23 x 14 ½ in. Private collection.

Photo of Steinberg in the Galleria di Milano, published in Settimo Giorno, September 23, 1954. From newspaper clipping in the Saul Steinberg Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

April-May, solo exhibition at the Galleria L’Obelisco, Rome.

Cover of the brochure for Steinberg’s exhibition at the Galleria L’Obelisco, Rome, 1951.
Cover of the brochure for Steinberg’s exhibition at the Galleria L’Obelisco, Rome, 1951.

July, travels in England, Scotland, and Ireland; late August, returns to New York.

Page from a sketchbook, Ireland, 1951. Saul Steinberg Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Page from a sketchbook, Ireland, 1951. Saul Steinberg Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

October 3, in Washington, DC, still trying to avoid call-up for the Korean War: “I fear—they want me back in uniform. But I’m putting up a fight.”

November-December, Peter Watson, founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, discusses the possibility of an ST exhibition with Roland Penrose and Herbert Read.

December 6, death of New Yorker editor Harold Ross. William Shawn succeeds him.

Goes to Palm Beach, Florida, to make a series of drawings for LIFE magazine; through about mid-January travels in Florida and the South doing general pictorial research for New Yorker drawings.

One of Steinberg’s drawings for Cleveland Amory’s article “Palm Beach,” LIFE, January 21, 1952. Steinberg added his own commentaries. This one reads: “The resort’s formidable hostesses lean toward ‘Early Bastardian Spanish’ architecture.”
One of Steinberg’s drawings for Cleveland Amory’s article “Palm Beach,” LIFE, January 21, 1952. Steinberg added his own commentaries. This one reads: “The resort’s formidable hostesses lean toward ‘Early Bastardian Spanish’ architecture.”
Untitled [Florida Types], 1952. Ink and collage on paper, 30 x 24 in. The Art Institute of Chicago; Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation.
Untitled [Florida Types], 1952. Ink and collage on paper, 30 x 24 in. The Art Institute of Chicago; Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation.

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