All Wrapped Up in Christmas by Dick Sargent

  • This colorful and humorous painting is by renowned American illustrator Dick Sargent
  • The work was featured on cover of the December 19, 1959 Saturday Evening Post holiday issue
  • Sargent created 47 Post covers in total over his long and successful career
  • His ability to tell a relatable story made his works remarkably popular amongst readers
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Dick Sargent
1911-1978 | American

All Wrapped Up in Christmas
Saturday Evening Post
cover, December 19, 1959

Signed "Dick Sargent” (lower left)
Gouache on illustration board

The iconic illustrations of Richard "Dick" Sargent have become an irreplaceable facet of the American artistic landscape. Domestic settings were the dominant subject matter for the artist, who captured the nation's innocence with his nostalgic renditions of the nuclear family. With his discerning eye for detail and charming sense of humor, his paintings offer a glimpse into a bygone time in American history. This composition, entitled All Wrapped Up in Christmas was featured on the December 19, 1959 cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Sargent painted 47 covers for the publication, including many of their most important and wide-read editions — the holiday issues.

Sargent's renowned humor and storytelling ability are on full display in the present work. The charming painting offers a hilarious peek into the holiday preparations of a middle-class family, displaying Sargent's remarkable command over his subject's emotional expressions. In it, a man with a look of intense concentration on his face has made a mess of his living room in his attempt to wrap a gift in festive paper and ribbon. Epitomizing Sargent's adeptness at drawing humor from everyday life, the comical cover presents a colorful snapshot of 1950s suburban life.

Born in 1911 in Moline, Illinois, Sargent began his career as an illustrator at a local printmaking workshop in his hometown. He later trained at the Corcoran School of Art and the Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C., specializing in scenes that captured the humorous side of everyday life in America. By the time he made a name for himself as a freelance illustrator, he had started his own family, which often provided inspiration for some of his most beloved works.

Circa 1959

Board: 23 1/4” high x 22” wide
Frame: 29” high x 28 1/2” wide
All Wrapped Up in Christmas by Dick Sargent
Maker: Sargent, Richard
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 28.5 Inches
Height: 29.75 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 22 Inches
Canvas Height: 23.25 Inches

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