"Child at Photographer, Saturday Evening Post Cover, Sep. 26, 1959"   Lot no. 4065

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By Kurt Ard (American, 1925-)

23.25" x 19.25"
Oil and Pencil on Paperboard
Signed 'Kurt Ard' Lower Left



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This work was published as the cover of the September 26, 1959 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.


The Post described, "Is the child-portrait expert losing his equanimity? No, he lost it some time ago. Fearing that he may crack up someday under the artistic strain of trying to make juvenile cutups look like what they ain’t, he is making an agonizing reappraisal of his life, toying with the idea of going into passport pictures or something. Artist Kurt Ard’s cover boy should be shot — well, photographed — just as he is, for thus only will the camera capture his nature, his soul’ and if his bubble gum explodes, affixing gluey particles to his face and hair, all the truer portrait that will be of the inner spirit. But no, mamma wants a pic of a boy-angel. Soothing thought: many children are angelic, a joyful challenge to cameramen. A, there, little thumb-chewing black-eyed Susan on the wall!." (The Saturday Evening Post, September 26, 1959, p. 3)




The Saturday Evening Post, September 26, 1959, cover illustration.

J. Cohn, Covers of the Saturday Evening Post: Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America's Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, p. 257, illustrated.

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