Merry-Go-Round by Norman Rockwell
May 3, 1947 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Merry-Go-Round, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published May 3, 1947. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Circus Artist.
This painting was Rockwell's 246th 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 1947. In 1947, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
This painting also appears in three 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.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell give us a glimpse into the fascinating world of the carousel.
The intricately carved and brightly painted figures on the carousel no doubt made Rockwell eager to capture them on canvas.
Rockwell delighted in painting detail. This painting gave hime lots to delight in.
There are so many layers to this painting. In the foreground, we get to see a closeup of one of the wooden horses. He looks fearsome, doesn't he.
The horse in the foreground is almost a match for the horse that the painter is touching up with paint. The only difference is the pose of one of the front legs.
Rockwell has captures every detail on the horses, from the mane to the feathers, the hair around the hoof. He also captures the detail of the saddle. You can even make out the shape of the imaginary horse shoe on the hoof of the horse.
Merry-Go-Round 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.
Judging by their expressions, the three boys are really enjoying watching the artist retouching the paint on the hobby horse. He appears to be so immersed in his work that he doesn't even notice his audience.
The boys do not even seem bothered by the spectacle in the far background. A savage with sharp teeth and nails is fighting off a carnivorous plant with a club.
No doubt their next ride on the Merry-Go-Round will be even more special since they witnessed its repair.
Norman Rockwell's Merry-Go-Round (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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