I wish I knew more of the story of Anatol Kovarsky, but he is a classic New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist, who I came to know for his great work in the 50's and 60's. I first bought a copy of "Kovarsky's World," a book published by Knopf (1956) and discovered what a master he is of the gag cartoon in the same inky, sketchy-lined vein as Andre Francois. His NYer cover paintings, which you can find easily on cartoonbank.com are beautiful and jam-packed with detail, the kind of repetitve, graphic detail that make his pictures unique, and I could pore over them for hours. Once I was hooked on Kovarsky, I started searching ebay for more treasures of his work that I could add to my fledgling collection and I was lucky to find this silk scarf - one of my prized possesions.
It's covered in his drawings, the centerpiece being a view from a window into the living room of a family engrossed in a TV program and all the squares surrounding are little vignettes of what's showing on TV from Spanish dancers to wrestling and cops and robbers shows. Oddly imperfect and carefree, it's something I strive for, but not easy for a chronic re-worker and editor like me.
Oh how I love this scarf and Anatol Kovarsky! Every time I wear it people ask me if I drew it myself - how flattering. Wish I could find out more about him.