Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory, 1977
Ink on board
20″ x 16″
Hirschfeld created a graphic rich cast drawing to promote this film’s 1956 release, a multiple perspective extravaganza that showed all the leads and scenes from both the WW I battlefield and the general’s headquarters. Paths of Glory was Stanley Kubrick’s first major studio success and in 1977 it was included in an IBM sponsored broadcast series of classic films on network television, Hirschfeld drew individual portraits of each film’s stars for full page newspaper advertisements. Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax’s head is rendered with Olmec simplicity, and is counter-balanced by the filigree of his uniform.