Solitaire by Norman Rockwell
August 19, 1950 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Solitaire, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 19, 1950. This is yet another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
An alternate title for this painting is Man in Bed Playing Solitaire.
This painting was Rockwell's 264th 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 second cover for The Post in 1950. In 1950, there were four Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 27 x 25 inches or 68.5 x 63.5 cm, is part of a private collection.
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 fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us the niggt life of the typical traveling salesman.
When one thinks of living a traveling lifestyle, this scene is not really the one conjured in the mind.
Looking at this painting, we can see just how un-glamorousd that life can be.
The inside of this hotel room seems somewhat outdated and neglected. The wallpaper is peeling, the curtains on the window are worn and the onlylight besides a candle on the nightstand is a naked incandescent bulb susp;ended from the ceiling.
His sample cases are all stacked at the foot of the bed.
He has hung his jacket on a chair and he is slowly re-pressing his pants by hanging them from the top drawer of the dresser.
Solitaire 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.
This fellow is pretty bored. Solitaire is not his only entertainment, though.
Notice the flyswatter by his side. He can also amuse himself by swatting flies.
I wonder if the swatter is included with room or provided by the patron.
Norman Rockwell's Solitaire (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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