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Caricatures by Benedikt Fred Dolbin

Caricature drawing of Fidel Castro by Benedikt Fred Dolbin
Caricature drawing of Marlene Dietrich by Benedikt Fred Dolbin

The collection of over 5,000 caricatures drawn by Benedikt Fred Dolbin (1883-1971) consists of original pencil and pen-and-ink drawings of European and American musicians, artists, sculptors, scientists, political leaders, diplomats, authors, actors, and persons in many other areas of public life. Many were drawn to illustrate Dolbin’s articles in the New York emigré newspaper Aufbau and in the journal Musical America. Shown here are his drawings of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and actress Marlene Dietrich.

The collection also includes a small number of pastel landscapes dating from Dolbin's career in Vienna in the early 1920s, where he studied musical composition with Arnold Schönberg and art with Egon Schiele, and a few drawings dating from his journalistic career in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Dolbin's personal papers and most of his drawings from the 1920s are at the Institut für Zeitungsforschung, Dortmund, and at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar.

Exhibited Curated by Mary Osielski, Special Collections Librarian, and Sandy Hawrylchak, Émigré Archivist

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Last updated January 25, 2007