Man Charting War Maneuvers by Norman Rockwell
April 29, 1944 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Man Charting War Maneuvers, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 29, 1944. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Armchair General.
This painting was Rockwell's 220th 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 third cover for The Post in 1944. In 1944, there were nine Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 35 x 33 inches or 89 x 84 cm, is part of a private collection.
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 72 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.
Man Charting War Maneuvers
In this painting, Norman Rockwell allows us a glimpse into the mindset of some of the civilian population during World War Two.
The man pictured is avidly following the course of the different WW2 battles and maneuvers.
He appears to have a vested interest in addition to his patriotism and concern for the war fortunes of his country.
The service flag, the banner with blue stars on a white background trimmed in red denotes that he has three family members serving in the war. We can also see the three photographs of his three sons besied the srevice banner. It looks like he has a son in the Navy, Army and Air Corps.
Hanging on his wall next to the service flag, we can see two black and white pictures of leaders of the day, General Dwight David Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur.
Man Charting War Maneuvers 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 man is using everything he can think of to keep up with where his sons are at the moment. A map of Europe on the wall. More detailed maps are seen on the floor and on his lap.
His pet, a cat, just wants some attention and is probably wondering what the fuss is all about.
Norman Rockwell's Man Charting War Maneuvers (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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