Shuffleton's Barbershop by Norman Rockwell
April 29, 1950 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Shuffleton's Barbershop, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 29, 1950. This is another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
This painting was Rockwell's 263rd 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 1950. In 1950, there were four Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 46.25 x 43 inches or 117.5 x 109 cm, is part of the collection of the Berkshire Museum.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
A study also appears on page 186 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.
Shuffleton's Barbershop is one of the most recognizable Norman Rockwell paintings.
It is also one of my favorites.
The details captured in this painting are incredible.
Starting in the foreground, we can see the exterior window of the barbershop. We can see the paint and the putty peelimg on the window. There is a crack in the pane.
Looking inside, we see a rich rendering of the shop's interior.
Some of the interior details that catch my eye are the comic book stand, the barber chair, theAmerican flag on a poster and the red hot coals in the wood burning stove.
Looking even farther back to the rear of the shop, we can observe Shuffleton and his cohorts playing music. We do not know how often they get together to practice and play. Their only audience tonight is a siingle cat.
Shuffleton's Barbershop 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.
All of the light in this composition comes from the back room. Yet is still comes off as a very warm painting, despite the scene being portrayed occuring at night.
Rockwell used light and dark masterfully in this painting.
Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barbershop (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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