Girl Reading The Post by Norman Rockwell
March 1, 1941 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Girl Reading The Post, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published March 1, 1941. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Cover Girl.
This painting was Rockwell's 199th 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 1941. In 1941, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 35.25 x 27.25 inches or 89.5 x 69 cm is part of the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge MA. It was a gift to the museum from the Walt Disney Family.
The painting was originally given by Rockwell to Walt Disney and resided in the collection of the Walt Disney Archives for many years. The painting bears this inscription: "to Walt Disney, one of the really great artists, from an admirer, NR."
This painting is part of the traveling exhibit, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. I had the pleasure of viewing it in Raleigh,NC at the Noroth Carolina Museum of Art.
This painting also appears in six 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.
Girl Reading The Post
In this painting, Norman Rockwell uses a familiar device for humorous results.
Rockwell often used objects to suggest a vision different from the reality of the scene.
In this painting, he used the cover of the Saturday Evening Post to give this lady a different face than she would have had just a few minutes before.
Another bit of amusement comes from the fact that this painting of a girl reading The Post appeared on the cover of The Post.
Girl Reading The Post 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.
Now, if Rockwell had only been prescient, he might have matched the cover story (printed along the bottom of the cover) on his Post cover with the cover story on the issue that this painting graced.
I don't think even Norman Rockwell was that good!
Norman Rockwell's Girl Reading The Post (1941)
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Do you have a personal story about this painting? Do you know the model personally? Do you have a different take on the commentary?
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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