Boy Reading Sister's Diary by Norman Rockwell
March 21, 1942 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Boy Reading Sister's Diary, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published March 21, 1942. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Secrets.
This painting was Rockwell's 206th 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 second cover for The Post in 1942. In 1942, there were eight Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting 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 Reading Sister's Diary
Norman Rockwell obviously had a lot of fun composing this painting.
The expression on the boy's face conveys absolute pure delight. One can just imagine Rockwell's expressive face when instructing the model to exactly the expression he wanted out of the boy.
And what boy would not take delight in finding, opening and reading his big sister's diary.
To most boys of this era, the things that Big Sis would have written about were either hilarious or disgusting. Either way would make for a great way to spend an afternoon.
Boy Reading Sister's Diary 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.
It almost looks like he has decided to take several pages with him. He is holding several pages under one arm. It looks like he has stuffed some paper in his pocket. And there is one page siting in his lap. Two more pages have fallen on the floor.
Would he be planning to blackmail Big Sis? Or does he just like living dangerously?.
Norman Rockwell's Boy Reading Sister's Diary (1942)
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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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