Cheerleaders by Norman Rockwell
February 16, 1952 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Cheerleaders, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published February 16, 1952. This is yet another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 270th 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 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 three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover 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, the home team has narrowly lost.
They probably lost in the closing seconds, if not right at the buzzer. It might have even been a lucky shot from mid-court that no chance of going in.
And yet the other team won.
These three cheerleaders seem unable to move.
The girl on the right looks angry and disgusted. The girl on the left looks comtemplative and down.
The girl in the middle looks almost unresponsive and in shock. Her eyes have glassed over.
Everybody else has gotten out of their seats and is leaving. Not these three.
Cheerleaders 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.
We do not know how important this game was.
We can only guess that, from the cheerleaders' reactions that this game must have consequences, mayne even the end of the season.
Oh well, next years team will be even better!
Norman Rockwell's Cheerleaders (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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