The Flirts by Norman Rockwell
July 26, 1941 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
The Flirts, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published July 26, 1941. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
Alternate titles for this painting are Girl Driving Convertible and Two Flirts.
This painting was Rockwell's 201st 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 third cover for The Post in 1941. In 1941, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 34.25 x 27.25 inches or 87 x 69.25 cm is part of the collection of noted Norman Rockwell collector, Steven Spielberg. It was included in the 2010 exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American Art. The exhibit, Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, showcased fifty-seven major Rockwell paintings and drawings and explored the connections between American culture as depicted in Rockwell's paintings and in the movies.
This painting also appears in six Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study is also shown on page 146 of The Norman Rockwell Catalogue.
Sn unframed original oil on board study of the painting wa sold at auction at Sotheby's in New York City on December 3, 2007. The final price was $601,000. This far exceeded its pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.
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.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us a couple of regular guys, trying to catch the attention of a blonde in as convertible.
One humorous part of the composition is that the blonde is almost painted in a caricature style to my eye. This is a beautiful girl being painted in such a way that she could represent almost any woman of the same beauty.
The two drivers are obviously enjoying flirting with the lady.
The driver is tearing daisy petals off a flower and saying "She loves me, She loves me not." Her demeanor seems to be saying "Not, Not, NOT."
His counterpart in the passenger seat, with his hand on the driver's shoulder, seems to be offering encouragement to his buddy.
The Flirts 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.
I do not see a wedding ring on either hand of the driver. Maybe he is serious about this, instead of just playing around.
If only she would just look his way, she might gaze into his eyes and fall for him.
Maybe that is why her stare is fixed in front of her.
Norman Rockwell's The Flirts (1941)
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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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