Our cover this month, Lifeguard on Duty by Abe Birnbaum, sold for $2,000 at Swann Auction Galleries’ Illustration Art sale on June 5, 2018 in New York City. The image was the cover illustration for The New Yorker, published on Sept. 5, 1953.
Born in New York City, Birnbaum had a prolific career, producing nearly 150 covers for The New Yorker and hundreds more drawings and paintings for the interior of the magazine. His work for the publication captured the everyday lives of the upper and middle classes of both his hometown and throughout the United States. Birnbaum also illustrated many books; he won the prestigious Caldecott Honor Book Award in 1954 for Green Eyes, a children’s book he both wrote and illustrated. Birnbaum’s art is described as “simple and carefree.”
With summer in full swing, many of us are ready to recreate the carefree and jovial beach scene depicted by Birnbaum on our cover. To help clients be able to do the same, our Elder Care Committee Report offers some sound and innovative advice on protecting our more senior population both physically and financially.