Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse
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Charles Schulz
Peanuts •  10/06/1957

Evolution of the Strip - Part 1

The Peanuts strips featuring Beethoven dramatically demonstrate the evolution of Schulz's art. Although Schulz was known for his minimalism (as compared to the elaborately drawn comic strips that came before Peanuts), his early strips contained many background details. This Sunday strip from October 6, 1957, for example, includes a bowl of fruit, rough-stone fireplace, abstract painting, chair, couch with a pillow, drapes, television with a plant on top, and, of course, the very elaborate version of Stieler's portrait of Beethoven.

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