"The Splendid Outcast"   Lot no. 3604

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By Stevan Dohanos (American- 1907-1994)

1944 (Estimated)
30.00" x 23.25"
Gouache on Paperboard
Signed Lower Right



The present work was published as the main illustration for a short story by Beryl Markham published in The Saturday Evening Post on September 2, 1944. Entitled “The Splendid Outcast,” the story takes place in Suffolk, England and centers on a vagabond stallion named Rigel with a notorious reputation for his violent behavior. At auction, Rigel becomes a spectacle for the audience, the majority of whom do not dare bid on the untamed animal. The present scene, captioned "A groom clings like a monkey to the tightened chain. He is swept from his feet while his partner, a less tenacious man, sprawls ignobly below," depicts the moment in which two grooms struggle to restrain the rebellious horse as the captivated audience looks on.

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 Stevan Dohanos made his mark as a nationally famous cover artist for The Saturday Evening Post and chronicler of Americana, but he began at the bottom.

   He studied nights at the Cleveland School of Art long enough to get a job as an apprentice letterer, and gradually developed a solid studio background. A hard worker, he simultaneously painted and printed woodcuts for national exhibitions.

   In 1936, he painted an assignment for the Treasury Art Project in the Virgin Islands, and later, various mural commissions for federal buildings in Elkins, West Virginia; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands. His pictures are in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Avery Memorial of Hartford, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

   His illustrations have appeared in almost all of the major magazines; he painted over 100 covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Twice a victim of tuberculosis himself, Dohanos contributed Christmas seal designs to the National Tuberculosis Association, and made many posters and designs for national and local charitable purposes. He designed well over forty stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, and for several years he served on the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee for the Postmaster General and as its Design Coordinator.

    Dohanos was a member of the National Society of Mural Painters, the Artists and Writers club, the Dutch Treat Club. He served as President of the Society of Illustrators from 1961-63, was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1971, and served as Honorary President from 1982 until his death.