Sport by Norman Rockwell
April 29, 1939 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Sport, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 29, 1939. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
This painting was Rockwell's 184th overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Saturday Evening 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 first cover for The Post in 1939. In 1939, there were eight Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 31 x 25 inches or 78.5 x 63.5 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover routinely sell for big bucks on eBay, when it is offered. And to think it only cost ten cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us how fond he was of fishing.
Professional model Fred Hildebrandt was Rockwell's friend and handyman also.
Hildebrandt was a fisherman and often took Rockwell fishing with him. Rockwell did not particularly like to fish, but often went just because of his friendship.
In 1932, the two went on a nine day fishing trip to Canada. It is thought that particular trip's rain and cold temperatures may have been the ultimate inspiration for this painting.
Do you know anyone who enjoys fishing in the rain?
Rockwell painted fishing in the rain to be as miserable and uncomfortable experience as possible.
The color of the fisherman's cheeks indicate to us that this day is not just wet, but cold as well.
The man cannot keep his pipe lit and has just turned it upside down in disgust.
This is one of the few paintings in which Rockwell painted in the Post logo. He shows rain dripping off the letters. It is almost wet enough that the letters are starting to literally wash away.
We can also see rain dripping off the man's fishing pole and his fishing line as well as his chin and even his nose.
Yet he persists.
The overall mood is one of a gloomy wet day.
Sport 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.
Thge rain also msut be running off his hat inside his slicker. His pants and shirt are certainly wet and cold also.
But he may not be able to leave. His oars are missing.
It's is almost time to bail the boat. He may have to paddle back to shore using his hands.
Now that's one dedicated fisherman.
Norman Rockwell's Sport (1939)
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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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