The Future Fireman by Stevan Dohanos

  • A young boy pretends to drive a fire engine in this charming painting by Stevan Dohanos
  • Entitled The Future Fireman, the work displays Dohanos' eye for detail and realistic style
  • The painting was featured on the November 14, 1953 cover of the Saturday Evening Post
  • Along with Leyendecker and Rockwell, Dohanos is one of America's most beloved illustrators
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Stevan Dohanos
1907-1994 | American

The Future Fireman
Saturday Evening Post
cover, Novermber 14, 1953

Signed "Stevan Dohanos” (lower left)
Oil on board

Stevan Dohanos stands as one of the most beloved and prolific illustrators for the Saturday Evening Post alongside the great American illustrators J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell. His remarkable talent for capturing the character of his subjects as well as the most minute details is reflected in this captivating work, entitled The Future Fireman. Featured on the November 14, 1953 cover of the Post, the painting embodies the remarkable photographic realism and nuance of Dohanos' oeuvre.

Dohanos, more than almost any other illustrator of his age, was extraordinarily adept at capturing the significant incidentals of his scenes. He once said, "I never begin a painting until I have complete and authentic information for a drawing, particularly because I work so realistically and there is no covering up a bit of ignorance with a careless stroke of the brush." His extensive research is evident in almost every detail of this charming piece, which captures a young boy playing make-believe in the driver's seat of a bright red fire engine. From the fire captain who looks on in amusement to the meticulous detail imparted into the truck, all of the elements come together to form a comprehensive narrative.

The son of Hungarian immigrants, Dohanos was born in small-town Ohio in 1907. He became fascinated at a young age with the art of illustration, and as a child he frequently copied many Rockwell pieces that he admired. A dedicated artist, he would soon become one of the greatest illustrators of his age. Dohanos was a founding member of the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, and gained fame and popularity through the more than 120 Post covers he created during the 1940s and 1950s. Today, his work can be found in such acclaimed institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum, among others, and remain highly collectible.

Circa 1953

Board: 39 high x 31” wide
Frame: 43 1/2" high x 35 1/4" wide
The Future Fireman by Stevan Dohanos
Maker: Dohanos, Stevan
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.75 Inches
Width: 37.25 Inches
Height: 45.5 Inches
Style: Illustration
Canvas Width: 29.25 Inches
Canvas Height: 37.5 Inches

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