John Falter Biography

John Philip Falter (1910 – May 1982), more commonly known as John Falter, was an American artist best known for his many cover paintings for The Saturday Evening Post.

From the Nation Museum of American Illustration:

John Phillip Falter was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska although his family homestead was in Atchison, Kansas. He started his illustration career by selling his first artwork in 1930 to Liberty, a pulp magazine. The Liberty commission gave him the exposure he needed to gain other clients, including Gulf Oil Company, Four Roses Whiskey, and Arrow Shirts. His career flourished in pulp magazines until he became one of the most noted illustrators for the most notable magazine in the nation: Saturday Evening Post.

In World War II, Falter joined the Navy as a chief boatswain’s mate and was soon commissioned as “lieutenant with special art duties” after it was learned where his work had been published. During his 72 years, his paintings depicted a wide range of themes from episodes of American history such as ‘Charging San Juan Hill’ to ‘Country Boy and Collie’, to special places across America, from the ‘Golden Gate Bridge’ to ‘Gramercy Park’. In response to questions regarding his inspiration, Falter remarked, "If you are not in love with what you are trying to put on canvas, you had better quit." Just before his passing, Falter was working on a series depicting the American migration experience.