Statue of Liberty by Norman Rockwell
July 6, 1946 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Statue of Liberty, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published July 6, 1946. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Working on the Statue of Liberty.
This painting was Rockwell's 239th 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 1946. In 1946, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 24 x 14 inches or 61 x 35.5 cm, was once owned by Director Steven Spielberg. Spielberg donated the work to the official White House Collection in 1994. It has been on display in the Oval office throughout the terms of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 168.
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.
Statue of Liberty
Always topical with his paintings, Norman Rockwell did not miss the oppurtunity to paint workmen on the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886.
The robed female figure of the statue represents Libertas, who is the Roman goddess of freedom. She holds aloft a torch in one hand and a tabula ansata in the other arm The tablet has inscribed upon it the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet.
The workmen in the painting reveal the scale of the statue, which is just over 150 feet tall. The bird flying also hints at the dangerous height that these workers have scaled.
The actual height off the gound of the work being done is well over 300 feet. I hope none of these fellow are afraid of heights.
The Statue has been repeatedly worked on, renovated, strengthened and shored up throughout its life on Liberty Island.
Statue of Liberty 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 work being done in this painting is cleaning the torch. The torch is made of heavy amber glass.
In July, the task of cleaning the glass on torch is scheduled. Lady Liberty's light must shine and brightly.
Norman Rockwell's Statue of Liberty (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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