Boy Practicing Trumpet by Norman Rockwell
November 18, 1950 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Boy Practicing Trumpet, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 18, 1950. This is yet another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
This painting was Rockwell's 266th 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 fourth cover for The Post in 1950. In 1950, there were four Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
This painting also appears in two Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
A study also appears on page 187 of the Norman Rockwell Catalogue.
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.
Boy Practicing Trumpet
The model Norman Rockwell used for thispainting was Tommy Paquin.
During this period, Rockwell used several red-haired models, one example being The Census Taker.
This boy has been described as chubby-cheeked. I remember frommy days in high school band how playing the trumpet can make the cheeks bulge, just like shown in this painting.
The trumpet was borrowed from Rockwell's middle son, Tommy.
The slip covers for the chair are painted after the fashion of Rockwell's good friend, Grandma Moses. We can safely assume that she was flattered by the emulation.
Boy Practicing Trumpet 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.
It is said that Rockwell came up with the pose the trumpeter has assumed after a conversation with Saturday Evening Post editor, Ben Hibbs. Hibbs was commenting,in the course of conversation, about the unusual body positions his son Steve would get himself into as he practiced his trumpet.
We can only wonder when the dog, the only apparent audience that the trumpet player has, will bolt and run out of earshot. Surely he is not planning to make the practice session a duet between trumpet and howl. That might offend the trumpet player.
Norman Rockwell's Boy Practicing Trumpet (1950)
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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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