Babysitter With Screaming Infant by Norman Rockwell
November 8, 1947 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Babysitter With Screaming Infant, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 8, 1947. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title is Baby Sitter.
This painting was Rockwell's 249th 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 1947. In 1947, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 28 x 26 inches or 71 x 66 cm, is part of the collection of the Burlington Public Schools, Burlington, Vermont. It is currently on display at the University of Vermont's Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art.
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.
Babysitter With Screaming Infant
In this painting, Norman Rockwell take us inside the world of the teenage baby sitter.
Boy, that baby is unhappy. Actually, looking at the clock on the floor, she is probably tired and sleepy, and, therefore, cranky. My unprofessional opinion is that she should put her to bed and let her cry herself to sleep.
My assumption is that the child is a girl because of the pink blanket. This was painted before it was incorrect to voice or paint such assumptions.
The babysitter has tried everything but putting the baby to bed.
We can see a large bottle of milk, so she has tried feeding.
We see several toys, including a doll, a rattle and a teddy bear, so she has tried amusing the child.
Babysitter With Screaming Infant 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.
From the way she is sitting, we can tell that she has tried all manner of rocking the baby.
She has even pulled out her reference on babysitting.
I wonder if the book will eventually tell her to make sure the baby is clean and fed and then put her to bed. Then resist the urge to go comfort the child and just let her go to sleep.
Then you can do your homework and be ready for school the next day.
Norman Rockwell's Babysitter With Screaming Infant (1947)
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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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