Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Charles Barsotti | New Yorker cartoonist, 80

Charles Barsotti, 80, whose clean-lined cartoons, often depicting dogs, kings, or overbearing businessmen, were a staple of the New Yorker magazine for decades, died June 16 at his home in Kansas City, Mo. The cause was brain cancer, his daughter Wendy Barsotti said.

Since the 1960s, Mr. Barsotti published more than 1,300 cartoons in the New Yorker, developing a style characterized by simple drawings and subtle humor. Mr. Barsotti had several recurring themes, including rapacious businessmen, self-doubting kings, the psychiatrist's couch, and humanized dogs musing on the mysteries of life. His captions were often oblique references to familiar sayings, seen through a clear but oddly angled lens.

In Mr. Barsotti's world, an adult dog offers this suggestion to a puppy: "My advice is to learn all the tricks you can while you're young."

- Washington Post

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