Two Girls Looking At Movie Stars Photo by Norman Rockwell
February 19, 1938 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Two Girls Looking At Movie Stars Photo, a Norman Rockwell painting, was published on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post dated February 19, 1938. This image is another one of the favorites of Rockwell collectors the world over, an unmistakeable classic image of the universe that Rockwell captured on canvas.
An alternate title is Dreamboats.
This painting was Rockwell's 178th overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Post. From his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963, Norman Rockwell's career with the Saturday Evening Post spanned 47 years.
This was also the first cover for The Post in 1938. In 1938, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 32 x 26 inches or 81 x 66 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears onpage 143 of The Norman Rockwell Catalogue.
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover routinely sell for big bucks on eBay, when it is offered. And to think it only cost five cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Two Girls Looking At Movie Stars Photo
In this painting, Norman Rockwell show us some of the popular male movie stars of the day.
Two college girls are looking dreamily at a photograph of Robert Taylor. Wilson was apparently the object of many American women's affections in 1938. Or at least the object of their imaginations.
There are several other movie star photos laying across the dormitory room bed. I am sure these young ladies are relieved that the dormitory regulations only prohibit gentlemen in the rooms and not their photographs.
I am not sure who the other actors in the other photographs are. We also cannot tell whether they have already been dreamed over, or if they are next in line.
We can, however, see that the girls are ready for bed. They have changed into their pajamas.
Two Girls Looking At Movie Stars Photo 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.
We also can guess pretty well how they will dream.
Maybe they will wake up with a longing sigh.
Norman Rockwell's Two Girls Looking At Movie Stars Photo (1938)
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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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