"Swell Ride Down, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 3446

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By John Philip Falter (1910-1982)

28" x 23"
Oil on Masonite
Signed Lower left



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The present work was published as the cover illustration of the February 3rd, 1962 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

The Post editors wrote of this cover, “The kids plugging up the hill can look forward to a swell ride down, but they’ve got a long pull ahead of them first. If only they knew it, there’s an easier way to go up, especially if a patient but the absentminded father is at hand...Rather obtusely we asked artist John Falter if he had painted all those vertical sled tracks lying on his side, propped on his left elbow Roman-banquet style. He had not, he replied pityingly but kindly—obviously he needed only to turn the canvas on its side. Which is as good an explanation as any for the fact that his signature is headed up the hill too.” (The Saturday Evening Post, February 3, 1962, p. 3)

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