Richard Merkin

Richard Merkin was a painter and illustrator whose fascination with the ‘20s and ‘30s defined his art and shaped his identity as a professional dandy. As an artist, Merkin went back in time to the interwar years, creating brightly colored, cartoonish portraits and scenes of film stars, jazz musicians, sports heroes, and writers; his illustrations appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s.