Disabled Veteran by Norman Rockwell
July 1, 1944 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Disabled Veteran, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published July 1, 1944. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is War Bond.
This painting was Rockwell's 222nd 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 fifth cover for The Post in 1944. In 1944, there were nine Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 43 x 34 inches or 109 x 86.5 cm, is part of the collection of the National Museum of American Illustration.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Additionally, one of the photographs taken during the staging of the painting, as well as a full color republishing of the painting appear on page 61 of Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera by Ron Schick
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover routinely sell for big bucks on eBay, when it is offered. And to think it only cost ten cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us a glimpse into the horrors of war.
The background images, as well as the foreground image, both indicate that war sometimes has a terrible price tag.
The haunting background images show the progression of a soldier on patrol. Eventually the soldier is mortally wounded.
The photographs taken for the staging of this painting were some of the most moving of Rockwell's career.
The foreground figure is that of a diabled veteran, one of those "lucky" ones who made it home, although not unscathed.
He is walking with the aid of crutches For how long he will be using crutches, we do not know.
Disabled Veteran 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.
The paper in his hands is a war bond. War bonds were used to help finance the war effort.
Rockwell was a big supporter of war bonds. His Four Freedoms series helped sell millions of dollars worth of war bonds.
Norman Rockwell's Disabled Veteran (1944)
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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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