"Native in Army Raft, Post Cover"   Lot no. 4573

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By Stevan Dohanos (American- 1907-1994)

1945
12" x 12"
Oil and pencil on Masonite
Signed Lower Left

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The Saturday Evening Post cover, December 1, 1945

 

The Post described, "The theory is that nothing surprises New Yorkers. Even so, those who encountered a flustered young civilian trying to get in and out of elevators while carrying a fully inflated Army Air Forces life raft must have wondered why. They will be pleased to learn that this was merely an artist, suffering some of the transportation problems of a bull-fiddle player, a tuba player or a harpist. Stevan Dohanos found a model readily enough for his painting of the South Pacific chief taking his ease in left-behind Army surplus. The model is the singer, Richard Huey, of Bloomer Girl. To get the raft, Dohanos walked briskly into a famous sporting-goods store looking like a customer, and then borrowed their floor sample." (The Saturday Evening Post, December 1, 1945, p. 2)

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