Michael Tisserand's Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White PDF

By Michael Tisserand

In the culture of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat author George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and position from which he emerged—and the deep mystery he explored via his art.

The author of the best sketch in historical past ultimately will get his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays naked the reality approximately his paintings, his background, and his lifestyles on America’s colour line. a local of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman got here of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist within the boomtown of la and the wild city of recent York. showing within the largest newspapers of the early 20th century—including these owned by way of William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons fast propelled him to reputation. even if fitfully well liked by readers of the interval, his paintings has been broadly credited with raising cartoons from day-by-day amusements to anarchic paintings.

Herriman used his paintings to discover the human situation, making a modernist fantasia that used to be encouraged via the landscapes he chanced on in his travels—from chaotic city existence to the Beckett-like desolate tract vistas of the Southwest. but underlying his personal life—and frequently rising from the contours of his very public art—was a really deepest mystery: often called "the Greek" for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was once truly African American, born to a popular Creole relatives that concealed its racial identification within the risky days of Reconstruction.

Drawing on exhaustive unique examine into Herriman’s kinfolk historical past, interviews with surviving family and friends, and deep research of the artist’s paintings and surviving written documents, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood determine to shiny lifestyles, reminiscent of a visionary artist who contributed to shaping smooth tradition.

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