Little Girl Observing Lovers On A Train by Norman Rockwell
August 12, 1944 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Little Girl Observing Lovers On A Train, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 12, 1944. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Travel Experience.
This painting was Rockwell's 223rd 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 first cover for The Post in 1944. In 1944, there were nine Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting, 22 x 20 inches or 56 x 50 cm, is not known.
This painting also appears in seven Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on pages 157.
Additionally, three photographs taken during the staging of the painting, as well as a full page, full color republishing of the painting appear on pages 74 through 77 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.
Little Girl Observing Lovers On A Train
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us an all-to-familiar situation, a child not realizing that it is impolite to stare.
This young lady probably does not know that it is rude to invade the privacy of the returning serviceman and his girl.
We cannot tell whether her mother is aware of her indiscretion or not.
Maybe her mother is reading a book and is caught up in the story.
Either way, the two lovers are paying the young girl little heed. They are more interested in each other than in her prying eyes.
Little Girl Observing Lovers On A Train 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 little girl is portrayed by Yvonne Cross.
Yvonne Cross also modeled for 1947's Going And Coming and the 1949 Four Seasons calender image, Young Love.
Norman Rockwell's Little Girl Observing Lovers On A Train (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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