"Cowboy Asleep in Beauty Salon"   Lot no. 4678

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By Kurt Ard (American, 1925-)

23.75" x 18.75"
tempera and pencil on paperboard
Signed Lower Left



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The Saturday Evening Post, May 6, 1961, cover illustration.

J. Cohn, Covers of the Saturday Evening Post: Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America's Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, p. 274, illustrated.

The Post described, "Our cover by Denmark's Kurt Ard seems to ask: Who looks sillier—a little man in a five-gallon hat or a grown woman in a space helmet? 'A Kennedy cut, maybe?' the coiffeuse suggested to Two-Gun's mother. 'Bangs,' said mom. 'Bang, bang,' said Two-Gun. Halfway through the process of washing, cutting, rolling, cold-waving, neutralizing, rinsing, setting, drying and combing, it dawns on Two-Gun why this hair-raising ritual is called a permanent. At this point he escapes into a dream world...The question remains—why does a cowpoke allow himself to be corralled into such a sissy place? That's an easy one, pard. Two-Gun doesn't read too well, and he thought the sign outside said 'Beauty Saloon.'" (The Saturday Evening Post, May 6, 1961, p. 3)

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