Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cover design for Saturday Evening Post
  • Constantin Alajalov
    born: Rostov, Russia ; died: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • cover design for Saturday Evening Post, 1949
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gouache on board
  • Canvas/Support: 55.6 x 44 cm
    Canvas/Support: 21 7/8 x 17 5/16 in
  • Gift of Ben Hibbs, 1923 graduate-Journalism
  • Not on display
  • 1950.0010.03

This painting depicts a woman wearing a bright red ankle-length robe standing in front of an open closet and peeking at Christmas presents. She is holding one box up to her ear, presumably shaking it. In the background, her husband sleeps peacefully unaware.