Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse by Norman Rockwell
December 16, 1933 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published December 16, 1933.
The alternate title for this painting is just Rocking Horse.
This painting was Rockwell's 148th overall of 322 total pictures featured 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 sixth Rockwell cover in 1933. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover six times in 1933.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
The original cover price was just five cents, although now a magazine in new condition sells for over one hundred dollars.
Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse
Here is another famous Norman Rockwell Christmas illustration.
This is one of my very favorite Christmas paintings. It absolutely conveys a spirit of having fun and being carefree.
This is a fairly simple painting. There are only three characters in the whole painting, the grandfather, the boy and the rocking horse.
The grandfather looks like he is having the most fun.
Clearly, he is too big to be riding on the rocking horse. His feet are too big for the stirrups. His behind is too big for the saddle. And yet, here he is, riding anyway.
He is riding so hard that he is losing his eye glasses. He is riding so hard that his under sized cowboy hat has slid off his head.
Ane he is smiling a child's smile, as an adult can only when he is acting like a child. Bravo!
The second character is the boy.
The boy looks like he holding on for dear life. He has his lips pursed as if he is about to squeal.
The rocking horse is obviously a present for the boy. He is dressed in standard cowboy outfit. Chaps, vest, bandana, western style plaid shirt... the only thing missing is the cowboy hat. Grandpa has commandeered the hat.
The boy is barely hanging on, sitting precariously on the back end of the rocking horse.
Grandfather and Boy on Rocking Horse 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 rocking horse is a Christmas present. We can tell from the holly around his bridle and the gift tag hanging from his tail. We can actually read the word "Christmas' on the tag.
The horse is barly able to withstand this load. He was not built for an adult to ride on.
You can almost hear the horse groan!
(Image Only) Copyright © 1933 Saturday Evening Post & Curtis Publishing Company
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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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