logo for best-norman-rockwell-art.com

Willie Gillis Cat's Cradle by Norman Rockwell

Willie Gillis: Cat's Cradle by Norman Rockwell
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy

Norman Rockwell Signature

June 26, 1943 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post

This painting by Norman Rockwell, Willie Gillis Cat's Cradle, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published June 26, 1943. This is yet another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for the ages.

Another title for this painting is Willie's Rope Trick. This name is a play on theold magic trick, Indian Rope Trick.

This painting was Rockwell's third cover for The Post in 1943. In 1943, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.

This painting was also Rockwell's 215th overall of 322 total pictures featured on the cover of The 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.

The whereabouts of the original oil on canvas painting is currently unknown.

This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:

  • as illustration 257 of Norman Rockwell's America by Christopher Finch,
  • as illustration 397 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and
  • on page 153 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.

I have seen pristine original copies of this magazine cover sell for over one hundred dollars on eBay. And to think it only cost five cents originally! And it was mint condition at that time, too.

Willie Gillis Cat's Cradle

Giclee Prints on Archival Paper:
From Art.com

Available as Oil on Canvas:
Oil on Canvas Reproduction

This classic Norman Rockwell painting shows Willie Gillis, America's boy next door, with a new friend.

This is the eighth in the Norman Rockwell Willie Gillis series of covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell painted eleven images that appeared on the Post cover and one illustration that was featured inside the Post.

In this painting, we see Willie showing his rope trick to a snake charmer.

Remarkably,the snake charmer seems absolutely flabbergasted by Willie's simple use of the string.

The older man even drops the cigarette right out of his mouth. His entire facial expression shows disbelief and amazement.

The setting for this painting is apparently India, although I do not recall American servicemen being stationed in India during World War Two. Maybe the setting is another country with a large Indian population.

Rockwell certainly treats us to a lot of details in this illustration.

The cobras on either side of the snake charmer seem ready to strike. The olde rman's turban also features a lot of subtle color hues.

Another very interesting feature of this painting is Willie's uniform. From the bottom with his boots and leggings all the way to the top with his helmet, the uniform is authentic. Rockwell always painted authentic detail in his paintings.

At the bottom of the picture, we can also get to see Willie's field rifle.

Next to the rifle, we can also see Willie's cigarette holder and his Language Guide book. I cannot read the country that the language guide refers to.

Norman Rockwell: Willie Gillis: Cat's Cradle

Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy

Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis Cat's Cradle (1943)
(Image Only) Copyright © 1943 Saturday Evening Post & Curtis Publishing Company

You may be also interested in these:
Norman Rockwell Willie Gillie Series Introduction
Food Package
Home Sweet Home
Hometown News
What to Do in a Blackout
In Church
Girls with Letters
Cat's Cradle
New Year's Eve
Gillis Family Heritage
In College

Remember to check back often.

Do You Have A Great Story, Opinion Or Contribution About This Painting?

Do you have a personal story about this painting? Do you know the model personally? Do you have a different take on the commentary?

Please share!

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.

More at BrainyQuote.

Rockwell Favorites

Doctor and the Doll
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Doctor and the Doll
Santa at His Desk
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Santa at His Desk
Before the Shot
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Before the Shot
Game Called Because of Rain
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Game Called Because of Rain (Three Umpires)
Freedom of Speech
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Freedom of Speech
Freedom from Want
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Freedom from Want
No Swimming
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
No Swimming
The Runaway
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
The Runaway
Girl at the Mirror
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Girl at the Mirror
Tattoo Artist
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Tattoo Artist
Puppy Love
Buy it from Art.com - Click to Buy
Puppy Love
(Little Spooners)

Norman Rockwell Christmas and Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Galleries are open.

Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
Norman Rockwell Santa Claus
Gallery is open!

Copyright © Best Norman Rockwell Art.com.
Images are copyrighted by their respective copyright holders.
Graphic Files Protected by Digimarc.
Contact us for details about using our articles on your website.
The only requirements are an acknowledgement and a link.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Home | Donate | About | Contact | FAQ | Share | Search | Survey | Wanted
Sitemap | Sitemap, 2 | Sitemap, 3 | Sitemap, 4 | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer
My Business "Secret Weapon"