"Frozen Laundry, Post Cover"   Lot no. 4750

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By Stevan Dohanos (American- 1907-1994)

43 3/4" x 33 7/8"
Oil on Masonite
Signed Lower Left



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Saturday Evening Post, March 8, 1952, cover illustration.

The present work was illustrated on the cover of the March 8, 1952 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.

The Post writes, "When Stevan Dohanos was a little boy he was sometimes granted the chore of going out to the clothesline in winter and bringing in the stiffs. This exposure finally froze one of his memory traces, which thawed out just recently and ejected this cover. Life doesn't seem to change much basically as the years wheel by; although Steve is a big boy now, assumedly better able to defend himself, he still gets sent out in the wintry blasts to harvest garments from the clothesline. When Dohanos tried to locate a set of red- flannel lingerie to pose for him, all he could find was newfangled two-piecers until he recalled that his father is an unreconstructed union-suit man. Thus we present Mr. Andrew Dohanos, of Lorain, Ohio—in part." (Saturday Evening Post, March 8, 1952, p. 3)

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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.