Alajalov, Constantin (1900-1987)
The Constantin Alajalov collection primarily consists of Alajalov’s artwork, either in his hand or printed reproductions. The collection also includes letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.
Most of the artwork pertains to Alajalov’s work for the cover of the New Yorker magazine, 1929-1956. Items include numerous sketches, drawings, proofs, printing plates, and final printed versions, postcard versions, and Alajalov’s handwritten notes regarding various covers. The collection also includes Alajalov’s cover art for The Saturday Evening Post (1947-1962), Life, and other publications. Other notable artwork includes numerous sketchbooks and paintings by Alajalov and a portrait of Alajalov by George Gershwin.
The correspondence in the collection dates from 1950 to 1965, and consists of letters regarding professional matters.
The photographs, approximately 800 total, represent images of Alajalov’s artwork, various models, and Alajalov’s personal life.
The scrapbooks cover Alajalov’s career as an artist, focusing on his drawings and his magazine covers.
Other items include appointment books, address books, diaries and journals, and miscellaneous memorabilia.
|1. Alajalov, Constantin, 1900-1987|
|1. New Yorker Magazine Subject Guide|
|2. Artists, Cartoonists, and Illustrators Subject Guide|
|3. Art, American -- 20th century.|
|4. Painters – United States|
|6. Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.|
|7. Illustrators – United States|
|8. Cartoonists -- United States|
|9. New Yorker|
|10. Art, Russian -- 20th century.|