KURT ARD (b. 1925)
KURT ARD (b. 1925)
KURT ARD (b. 1925)
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KURT ARD (b. 1925)

In the Dentist's Chair

KURT ARD (b. 1925)
Ard, K.
In the Dentist's Chair
signed 'Kurt Ard.' (lower right)
tempera on paperboard
21 ¾ x 19 ½ in. (55.2 x 49.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1957.
The artist.
By descent to the present owner.
The Saturday Evening Post, October 19, 1957, cover illustration.
HÖRZU, November 21, 1964, cover illustration.
Allers, January 31, 1965, cover illustration.
Familie Journal, February 2, 1965, cover illustration.

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Lot Essay

The present work was Kurt Ard's first cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post, published on October 19, 1957.

The Post describes: "Dentists are to be pitied. How would you like to be greeted by horrified faces like this from morn till night throughout your professional career? Dentists are kindly, humane souls who love their fellowmen, minister constructively to their grinders, and seldom hurt the faint-hearts much while doing it—yet their only reward, besides a fee, is those eternal faces, staring, staring upward as if at an ogre. Next time you go to a D.D.S., smile at him; and if he doesn't faint, maybe he'll pull a couple of your teeth for nothing. Kurt Ard...was astonished that his model climbed into that chair looking happy and had to be urged to look awful. The lad, it developed, had just been to a dentist—his teeth were all filled." (The Saturday Evening Post, October 19, 1957, p. 3)

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