Summer Stock by Norman Rockwell
August 5, 1939 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Summer Stock, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 5, 1939. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Actress Putting On Make Up.
This painting was Rockwell's 188th 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 fifth cover for The Post in 1939. In 1939, there were eight Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
This painting also appears in three 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 low a low budget production can be.
The actress is putting on the finishing touches of her makeup. She appears to be the lead actress. Her costume is certainly detailed and ornate enough.
I believe that the poster behind her says that the play is "Elizabeth the Great" and that is is being presented by the Summer Barn Theatre.
Her costume looks authentic for the part of Queen Elizabeth.
Her copy of the script lies at her feet. She may have just finished learning her part..
Summer Stock 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.
This is one of the few paintings where Rockwell painted in the Post logo into the painting. He went to that extra work because he wanted to further convey how rustic the scene was. Straw can be seen in several ogf the letters.
Hay can also be seen on the floor, pon the ladies costume, on her bench on the playbills behind her makeup crate and inside the crate.
Inside her craye is probably where her assistants nest at night.
Norman Rockwell's Summer Stock (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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