Crestwood Commuter Station by Norman Rockwell
November 16, 1946 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Crestwood Commuter Station, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 16, 1946. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
Alternate titles for this painting are New York Central Diner and The Tip.
This painting was Rockwell's 242nd 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 sixth cover for The Post in 1946. In 1946, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas on board painting, 22 x 20 inches or 56 x 52 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 171.
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.
Crestwood Commuter Station
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows the hustle and bustle of people catching the train for work.
This is really a study in human intercourse.
In the foreground, we can see the commuters who have not yet secured their place in line to get on the train. Some of them may even still need to purchase tickets.
The people in the foreground are, to a person, rushing and running. They are running late.
If they want to be on time, they had better hurry.
The people in the background are already on the platform. They are ready to board the train.
The people in the background are on time. They are enjoying each other's company. Some are reading newspapers. These people are somewhat relaxed about their commute.
Crestwood Commuter Station 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 one constant besides the hillside, train station and houses is the boy selling newspapers.
He is only affected by the rush in that he has to be quick to get his payment and hand out the newspapers.
It looks like he works very hard during the commuter rush.
Norman Rockwell's Crestwood Commuter Station (1946)
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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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