Monday, January 12, 2009


Saul Steinberg's desk at the time of his death. Photograph by Evelyn Hofer, July 1999


In January 24 Steinberg wrote to Aldo Buzzi:
"The annus Mirabilis of 1999. The year of my death-Iwould guess calmly".

March, S. travels to St Bart's, in the French Caribean, for rest and recovery.

April, from a library map of Bucharest, S. redraws the streets he knew as a boy.

Early May, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, dies May 12 in New York City.


Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Encuentro sobrecogedor que en el año en que vaticino su muerte, pocos dias antes de que esta ocurra, Steinberg se haya puesto a dibujar el mapa de la calles donde habia sido niño.

4:31 pm  
Blogger Ignacio Ochoa said...

Realmente sobrecogedor. Alli empezo a ser niño , y quizas nunca dejo de serlo.
También me llamo la atención la prolijidad en su escritorio, tiene la misma claridad que sus tienen dibujos.
Casualmente hoy subi al blog trabajitos mios de 1999.

8:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Oscar,

Steinberg was slaughtered by the same disease that Mike Gribble contracted. The desk is so organized, with a fine electric pencil sharpener and his wood and push pin camera, both of fine design and only one functional. hank you for alerting me to this sad, yet wonderful image on your blog site.

Lee Marvin Newland

5:13 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

To me the idea that he revisited cartographically the streets of his childhood a little before his death is more interesting than the pulchritude.

Do you think that Mike and him met in heaven?

6:07 am  

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