Vallotton’s reductive woodcuts, in sharp black and white, contain an enormous amount of compressed visual and psychological energy. His use of limited means to suggest a narrative is unexcelled. In the arts, one has many mentors, including those one has never met. Thanks, Félix.Early in his career, Glaser created illustrations for two separate issues of Esquire, all of which share a debt to Vallotton. In August 1959, Glaser produced a full page illustration and spot illustrations for an excerpt from François Mauriac’s “A Question of Precedence.”
In October, Glaser’s man in shadow graced the cover, his colorful wisps of cigarette smoke implying human forms.
In 1958, Henry Wolf, who was Glaser’s friend and later co-teacher at SVA, left the art directorship at Esquire to assume the same post at Harper’s Bazaar, taking over from Alexey Brodovitch. Robert Benton came in as the new Esquire art director, maintaining Wolf’s witty and elegant design sensibility.