Most of you probably don’t know Joseph Low’s work. He was a popular illustrator in the late 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. He was known for his children’s book, Mice Twice and covers for The New Yorker, but he did much more (read his 2007 obituary here). His drawings were playful, expressionistic and conceptual, combining Baroque styling with delightful irony. He studied at the Art Student’s League with George Grosz (like Paul Rand), which may account for his sharply honed pen and ink methods.
These album covers for the Haydn Society in Boston are a pictorial branding triumph. Each image is different, yet the overall spirit is consistent.