Merrie Christmas: Couple Dancing Under Mistletoe by Norman Rockwell
December 8, 1928 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Merrie Christmas: Couple Dancing Under Mistletoe, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published December 8, 1928.
An alternate title for this painting is Christmas Dance.
The original oil on canvas, 34 x 26 inches or 46 x 35.5 cm, is currently housed in a private collection.
This painting was Rockwell's 111th of 322 overall pictures published on the cover of The Post. Rockwell's career with the Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the ninth Rockwell cover painting in 1928. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover a total of nine times just in 1928 alone.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Merrie Christmas: Couple Dancing Under Mistletoe
In this well-known Norman Rockwell Christmas painting, we see a couple dressed in their Christmas finery and dancing underneath some mistletoe. When you are in love, nothing says Christmas like a sprig of mistletoe.
And that sprig usually leads to a Christmas kiss from your sweetheart.
And a Christmas kiss from your sweetheart is the best present ever given.
Of course, the caption, Merrie Christmas, also assures us that this is a Christmas illustration.
The man, looking older because of his thinning hair, still looks spry. He is lifting his feet very high while dancing his jig. With his red top coat and tails, gold buttons and ruffled shirt, he is quite the dandy. His Christmas finery is finished with tan vest, brown trousers, white socks and black dress shoes. His shoes look almost feminine compared to modern styles.
Merrie Christmas: Couple Dancing Under Mistletoe was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The lady dancing with the gentleman is also garbed in her own Christmas best. She wears her hair up and covered with a hair net secured to hear head with ribbon and bow. Her dress features lace around the shoulders and protruding from her sleeves.
With one hand, she holds the hem of her dress up. With her other hand, she holds the hand of her gentleman.
Their eyes are locked on each other. Both are smiling a loving smile.
Mistletoe, work your magic!
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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