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George Herriman

(1880—1944)


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(1880–1944)

American cartoonist, born in New Orleans. He first contributed cartoons to newspapers in about 1903. In 1913 he began drawing the Krazy Kat cartoon strip. Taking place in the imaginary Coconino County, the basic situation always concerned a perpetually unrequited love triangle. Offissa Pup, the symbol of law and order, loves Krazy Kat, who loves Ignatz Mouse, who loves throwing bricks at Krazy Kat, who desires this deeply, not realizing that it is a sign of contempt, not love. Offissa Pup constantly attempts, usually in vain, to frustrate the consummation of brick on cat's head. Variations of the theme kept Herriman at work for thirty years, the finest examples being considered to be the colour pages of 1935 onwards. The events take place in a mysterious desert landscape, like Dalí but less pedantically drawn, which changes unpredictably from frame to frame like a film with deliriously faulty continuity. Herriman has been admired by many artists, including Philip Guston, Claes Oldenburg, and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Subjects: Art.


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