"Telephone Exchange, Saturday Evening Post Cover"   Lot no. 486

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By Constantin Alajalov (American- 1900-1987)

1962 (Estimated)
21.00" x 20.00"
Gouache on Board
Signed Lower Left

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Telephone Exchange, Cover of The Saturday Evening Post Magazine, April 7, 1962

Constantin Alajalov was the court artist to the Czar of Russia at the time of the Russian Revolution, barely escaping with his life before coming to America and getting a job illustrating for New Yorker magazine.  He quickly adapted to the American way of life, and his cartoon-like drawings made his admiring public laugh at themselves.  His many covers for The Saturday Evening Post were amusing, unique and highly collectible.

 “The Telephone Exchange,” painted for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on April 7, 1962, shows two young ladies chatting while a surprised telephone operator listens intently to learn the local gossip.  In the fifty years since then, operators have been replaced by direct dialing, and gossip has been relegated to newspapers and television.

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