recto: abstracted, cartoonish, line drawing head and torso at left and head and torso with curly hair and earring (three vertical dots) at right; angular form with triangles emitting from mouth of figure at left; looping black sinuous forms emitting from mouth of figure at right; verso: overlapping looping black sinuous forms

%C2%A9 The Saul Steinberg Foundation %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Speech, 1959

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Say what' Will this conversation go anywhere' Will these people ever understand one another' They appear to speak different languages, perhaps literally but more likely figuratively. Saul Steinberg was a master of concise, universal expression. His visual language is understandable regardless of the language spoken by the viewer. He made the thick undulating lines with rubber stamps, one of his favorites types of drawing implement.

Details
Title
Speech
Artist Life
1914–1999
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.122.3
Provenance
The artist, New York; Saul Steinberg Foundation, New York; given to MIA, 2018
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recto: abstracted, cartoonish, line drawing head and torso at left and head and torso with curly hair and earring (three vertical dots) at right; angular form with triangles emitting from mouth of figure at left; looping black sinuous forms emitting from mouth of figure at right; verso: overlapping looping black sinuous forms

© The Saul Steinberg Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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