"Violin Practice, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 3205

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By Richard Sargent (1911-1978)

24.00" x 18.50"
Gouache on Board
Signed Lower Right



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Original cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 5, 1955


The Post described, “The fond parents of little Charley Caterwaul have launched him in music lessons and yet he is not glowy-eyed with gratitude. Perhaps he is depressed because he must practice half an hour each weekday until summer vacation —say fifty hours— and he has now done five minutes. Well, probably little violinists can't comprehend the value of years of wailing toil —one out of a hundred of them may become a glorious artist, quite a number will make the school orchestra and truly savor being creative, and the rest will at least learn that there’s more to producing lovely melody than turning an electric switch. Now, then, Charley, stop holding that bow like a baseball bat! And can’t you be thoughtful enough to let your mother wear ear muffs?” 


(The Saturday Evening Post, February 5, 1955, p. 3)

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   Richard Sargent did many cover paintings for The Saturday Evening Post. His works are characterized by their good humor and insight into human frailties. He also illustrated for Fortune, Woman’s Day, American Magazine, Photoplay, and Collier’s magazine.

   Sargent, who was born in Moline, Illinois, received his art education at the Corcoran School of Art and the Philips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C. He also worked with Ben Shahn.

   His pictures were exhibited in many parts of the United States, including New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California, as well as abroad. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York, and for many years, lived and painted in Spain.