Since 1992 cartoonist and illustrator Barry Blitt has done more than a hundred covers for The New Yorker, 20+ (I lost count) of ex-POTUS Donald J. Trump.
In 2020, Blitt won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, for work that included several covers for The New Yorker, as well as an array of cartoons that appeared in its pages.
He arguably captured Trump better than any other illustrator, columnist, writer, political hack, TV commentator or photographer ever has.
Asked by WWD, what it was like to draw Trump, Blitt said,
“Because he behaves so outrageously and ridiculously, it becomes hard to parody. It’s already a cartoon situation so it has become ridiculous.
…it just seems like with Trump, nothing makes a difference. It just seems like things have gotten so polarized, you really feel like you’re preaching to the choir. I never thought I was making a difference politically, but you at least felt like you were putting ideas out there that meant something.”
David Remnick, the editor in chief of The New Yorker said of Blitt,
“I think he’s a great political cartoonist of our time but that’s not all he is. He sees things that you and I don’t see…
He’s a genius.”
Feast your eyes on the ridiculously brilliant…
Barry Blitt’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, and he illustrated Frank Rich’s weekly column in The New York Times. He has been honored with exhibitions and awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print, and American Illustration, and is a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. His 2017 book, Blitt, is a compilation of his illustrations for The New Yorker, the Times, Vanity Fair, and others.