"Sleeping In, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 4290

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By Richard Sargent (1911-1978)

27.50" x 21.00"
Gouache on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left



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Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, June 19, 1954


The Post wrote the following commentary on the cover artwork: "Now that this young man is going forth from the halls of learning, maybe he is lying there thinking about how his generation soon will be the guardians of civilization, and of what a glorious challenge this is to the youth of today. Or maybe he is asleep. Well, as he has had several years of study, exams, study, exams, topped off by extra study, final exams, the senior prom, class day, and graduation night with its inspiring address 'Dream of the Future' by Congressman McGalahad--let the boy sleep. And if he must dream, let it be only about his girl, the prettiest picture in Dan'l Webster High's yearbook. For as Dick Sargent muses with his brush: any guy who manages to finish commencement certainly has forty thousant winks coming." (The Saturday Evening Post, June 19, 1954, 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.