Picking Poindexter by Dick Sargent

  • American illustrator Dick Sargent composed this humorous glimpse into 1950s life
  • Entitled Picking Poindexter, it was featured on the October 17, 1959 Saturday Evening Post cover
  • The artist's unique ability to capture subtle facial expressions is on full display
  • His ability to tell a relatable story made his works remarkably popular amongst readers
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Dick Sargent
1911-1978 | American

Picking Poindexter
Saturday Evening Post
cover, October 17, 1959

Signed "Dick Sargent” (lower left)
Watercolor on board

American illustrator Dick Sargent employs his extraordinary storytelling ability in this comical work entitled Picking Poindexter. Featured on the October 17, 1959 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, the composition displays Sargent's excellent command over composition. The painting's amusing, relatable narrative is rendered in graphic lines and saturated hues, offering a colorful snapshot of 1950s life.

Sargent's iconic illustrations often provided visual insight into the humorous situations of everyday life. While sparse in detail, Sargent's works perfectly conveyed their narrative through Sargent's unique ability to capture his subject's most subtle emotional expressions. In this work, two college coeds swoon over a dutiful student, or "Poindexter," rather than the jock who looks on in utter disbelief. Sargent's paintings, like the present example, offer a glimpse into a bygone time in American history, and they are highly sought by both art collectors and Americana enthusiasts.

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. In total, Sargent painted 47 covers for the Saturday Evening Post during his career, cementing his place as one of the publication's most prolific and popular illustrators.

Circa 1959

Canvas: 24 3/8” high x 22 1/4” wide
Frame: 29 5/8” high x 27 3/8” wide
Picking Poindexter by Dick Sargent
Maker: Sargent, Richard
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 27.38 Inches
Height: 29.63 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 22.25 Inches
Canvas Height: 24.375 Inches

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