Boy With Melting Ice Cream Cones by Norman Rockwell
July 13, 1940 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Boy With Melting Ice Cream Cones, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published July 13, 1940. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
Alternate titles for this painting are Melting Ice Cream and Joys of Summer.
This painting was Rockwell's 195th 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 fourth cover for The Post in 1940. In 1940, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 23 x 18 inches or 58.5 x 45.5 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 five cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Boy With Melting Ice Cream Cones
In this classic Norman Rockwell painting, we see a boy who is lost at the beach.
More than that, he has a definite time limit in which to find his girlfriend.
It would be a total waste to find the umbrella she is sitting under if the two ice cream cones he has bought have already melted by the time he finds her.
The waste would be his time, his money, two perfectly goo ice cream cones, his girlfriend's dismay at not getting the promised ice cream.
Not to mention, his hands will be all sticky; not a good thing at the beach.
Boy With Melting Ice Cream Cones 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.
Do you think that maybe he doesn't remember what color the umbrella was? Or could it be that, in the sun's glare, he cannot make out the colors of the umbrellas?
The clock is ticking, the sun is shining and the cream is melting.
It's just a shame that he can't just eat them both! At least they would not be wasted.
Norman Rockwell's Boy With Melting Ice Cream Cones (1940)
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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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