Man Setting Clock by Norman Rockwell
November 3, 1945 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Man Setting Clock, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 3, 1945. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Clock Repairman.
This painting was Rockwell's 233rd 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 seventh cover for The Post in 1945. In 1945, there were ten Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
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 Setting Clock
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In this painting, Norman Rockwell takes us to a man working in the city.
Of course, as you can see, Rockwell only shows the endpoint of the man's job, setting a giant clock.
Thee scene takes place in Chicago. The clock is one of a pair of 7&3/4 ton bronze timepieces on the famous Marshall Field & Co deparrtment store, located on the Loop.
The clocks are electric and are controlled by a central clock that corrects them every half hour. The only time the clocks need resetting is after a power failure.
Surely there is more to the man's job than merely climbing a ladder and moving the clock's hands to match his own pocket watch. Surely his tool chest, sitting beside him on the ladder, is not there just for looks.
Notice that he uses his own pocketwatch to set the time.
Man Setting Clock 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.
No doubt Rockwell was visiting in the city once and saw a scene just like this. Rockwell's talent, aside from his incredible painting talent, was that he could take a mundane scene and make it interesting, amusing and even funny.
Take, for instance, all the detail on the clock and in the surrounding city. Notice the bird nest in the scrollwork?
What do you find amusing in this painting?
Norman Rockwell's Man Setting Clock (1945)
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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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