Prom Dress by Norman Rockwell
March 19, 1949 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Prom Dress, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published March 19, 1949. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
This painting was Rockwell's 258th 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 first cover for The Post in 1949. In 1949, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
This painting also appears in five 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 fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us the evolution from a tomboy to a debutante.
We can see from the painting that this girl seems to prefer dungarees and flannel shirts. Bobby socks and a pair of loafers round out her ensemble.
We can see other insights into who this young lady is. The ice skates hanging on the closet door and the sparse, by today's standards, number of outfits hanging in the closet hint to us that she is not so concerned with dressing fancy.
But wait, March and April are prime promenade season months. She will have to wear a dress. And not just a dress, a prom gown.
She has brought the dress box into her room and set it on the her dressing stool. She has opened the box and set the top on the floor, leaning it against the closet door.
Now for the moment of truth; she doesn't try it on just yet. Lert's just see how it looks in the mirror. Her expression indicates that she is still not quite sure, but she just may like this dress.
Prom Dress was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
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We can also see an open shoebox on the bed. That shoebox contains gold colored slippers. She will look just wonderful.
It's just a good thing she also bought shoes. Those penny loafers just wouldn't compliment that beautiful prom dress.
I am positive whoever her date is will appreciate the dramatic change in her appearance. Unless, of course, he already thought she was beautiful. Then he will feel even smarter.
See also After The Prom.
Norman Rockwell's Prom Dress (1949)
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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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