Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper by Norman Rockwell
December 26, 1942 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
This Norman Rockwell painting, Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published December 26, 1942. This remains a timeless favorite of all Rockwell collectors, no matter what their age.
An alternate title for this painting is Santa's In The News.
This Norman Rockwell Santa Claus painting was the 212th published Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. 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 eighth Rockwell Post cover of 1942.
This painting was Rockwell's eighth picture of Santa Claus featured on the cover of The Post. Rockwell's first Post Christmas cover appeared on December 9, 1916.
This Santa Claus picture continued The Post's long tradition of presenting a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting on its cover.
In fact, when envisioning Santa Claus, most people see him the way Norman Rockwell painted him.
And to think it only cost ten cents when it was mint condition!
Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper
The bad news is all over the newspaper, no matter what year we are talking about.
In 2010, the news is all about how bad the economy is, how crooked the politicians are and how high the cost of living, especially health care, is. The climate is changing (as it always has, by the way: don't be afraid) and the world is going to the devil in a handbasket. Hate is rampant, etc, etc, etc.
In 1942, things were the same, only worse. There was a world war going on. No doubt, it was orchestrated in the same way every war before and since has been, but war is war. War is dangerous to the whole world.
The newspaper is full of negative words, especially on the front page.
We can read these words just on the front page:
Then Santa and Merry Christmas break through the madness of the world.
Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper 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.
Just when it all looked bleak, Santa puts our worries and fears to rest. Christmas and holiday joy will come after all, no matter how sorry the world looks.
That is the news we all needed to hear.
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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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