Al Hirschfeld Quotes

Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars

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Al Hirschfeld


Life isn't a science. We make it up as we go.

Al Hirschfeld


I never know what to tell young people when they come here. It could never happen for anyone they way it happened for me. It was all an accident.

Al Hirschfeld


You know, it's no accident that the great painters came from areas like Europe where there is a lot of clouds and rain, which begets color and subtle washes of tone. Most great graphic artists come from areas with prevalent sun, where line and shadow are paramount.

Al Hirschfeld


The opening-night audience is mostly friends of the cast and backers of the show, and they cometo applaud their money.

Al Hirschfeld


“Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.”

Al Hirschfeld


“We arrived at Penn Station, took the Amsterdam Avenue street car to the end of the line. There was a frame house my mother rented for four dollars a month, and all around it were apple orchards,”

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“You always feel the drawing you are working on is the best you've ever done, ... I am only interested in the present.”

Al Hirschfeld


“When I was about fourteen, my mother took me to see a musical comedy-and that was my first experience in the theater and I was enchanted with it. It transported me to another world-you might say that I was stage-struck. I was mesmerized by the stage.”

Al Hirschfeld


Life is an art, not a science. You make it up as you go along.

Al Hirschfeld


Try to distill the character of your subject. Understand how he moves, thinks, acts. It's difficult to put into words. Consider each drawing as a problem that did not exist before, and then try to solve that problem to the best of your ability. That i what caricature is all about

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Iwas a sculptor.Butthat'sreallydrawinga drawing you fall over in the dark, a three-dimensional drawing.

Al Hirschfeld


I believe everybody is creative, and everybody is talented. I just don't think that everybody is disciplined. I think that's a rare commodity.

Al Hirschfeld


You learn your limitations and then you try to work within them.

Al Hirschfeld


Writers who drew, they all seemed to draw the same way. They managed to keep that childlike creativity in their line.

Al Hirschfeld