Danse Macabre No. 9
Bernard Brussel-Smith (1914-1989) was born in Greenwich Village in New York City. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia where he worked primarily in wash and lithography. In 1941, while studying at the New School for Social Research in New York, he was introduced to wood engraving and continued in this medium for the rest of his life. Brussel-Smith worked as a commercial artist after the war. His illustrations appeared in magazines such as Life, Saturday Evening Post, and Reader’s Digest.