The image “recalls the prophet Bob Dylan, who once noted, in ‘It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),’ that ‘even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked,’ ” the New Yorker’s art director Françoise Mouly writes in a post on the magazine’s website.
“There’s always something interesting,” Blitt told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs last fall, about Trump as tableaux. “I’m sort of attacking him fresh each time, visually.”
This isn’t the first time that Blitt has flashed some Trumpian skin. In 2016, the artist painted the presidential candidate as a beauty-pageant contestant, for the cover titled “Miss Congeniality.”
The artist shared in his recent book, simply titled “Blitt,” that his very first Trump cover idea depicted the former reality-show host topless as he was swan diving into the pool of presidential contenders.
The New Yorker notes that in the late ’90s, it published an eye-catching cover of another president’s rocky relationship with the press, when Art Spiegelman drew microphones circling President Bill Clinton’s pants fly amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal.