I just received a belated Christmas present: As I See: The Fantastic World of Boris Artzybasheff. The book collects Artzybasheff’s folios and includes his notes on them. Some of Artzybasheff’s work has appeared here before in the post on The Circus of Doctor Lao which Artzybasheff illustrated, but there’s much much more to say about this man’s work.
Artzybasheff was born in Kharkiv in 1899. He claimed later that he fought with the Ukraine White Army as a machine-gunner and that might be true. At any rate, in 1919, he wound up working in New York for a print company. Soon he began illustrating books and, in 1928, Gay-Neck: The Story of A Pigeon won the Newbery Award.
After 1940, Artzybasheff ceased book illustration and concentrated on commercial work: posters, advertisements, and 200 or so covers for Time magazine.
Artzybasheff’s anthropomorphized machines have attracted a great deal of interest over the years but his portraits, satiric and political drawings are well worth study. Boris Artzybasheff died 1964.
For more Artzybasheff:
B/W book illustration: wiki
Machines: a series of posts by lord_k at dieselpunks.org: 1, 2, 3, 4
Time covers: via Google, Dieselpunks album
War: themafucage gallery
Neurotica: complete folio
American Art Archives