Two Plumbers by Norman Rockwell
June 2, 1952 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Two Plumbers, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published June 2, 1952. This is yet another favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted.
This painting was Rockwell's 267th 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 1952. In 1952, there were three Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 20 x 9.5 inches or 51 x 24 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in five Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
A study also appears on page 188 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.
In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us how much fun a job can be.
The two fellows are working. But the only way to tell that is by looking at the tools they are carrying.
Their faces and demeanor suggest that they are really having fun.
The plumber squeezing the perfume on the other seems to be the boss of the two. He has the billing book in his back pocket.
The plumber who will smell the best when they leave is carrying all the tools. His coveralls also look more soiled than the boss's look.
This comical scene is handled with Rockwell's usual adeptness. We are left laughing with the plumbers, not at them.
Two Plumbers 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.
Another observation is how beautiful the room is. The pinks in the wallpaper, waste basket and stool cushion all match and compliment the white curtains and carpet..
And, of course, the Pekingese watch dog is on duty to make sure that everything is left in its place when these two finish playing.
Norman Rockwell's Two Plumbers (1952)
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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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