Portrait of Dwight D Eisenhower by Norman Rockwell
October 11, 1952 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Portrait of Dwight D Eisenhower, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published October 11, 1952. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 276th 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 1952. In 1952, there were four Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 18.75 x 17.75 inches or 47.5 x 45 cm, is part of the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, MA.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 193.
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover sell for respectable sums on eBay, when it is offered. And to think it only cost fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Portrait of Dwight D Eisenhower
The presidential election campaign of 1952 featured two well respected candidates, Dwight David Eisenhower, a General during World War Two, and Illinois governor, Adlai Stevenson. Norman Rockwell was given the opportunity to meet and paint a portrait of Eisenhower.
This painting and several others were the product of that meeting.
Rockwell also wrote an article accompanying the portraits in which he confessed to being a fan of Ike's. The other portraits accompanied the article on the inside of The Post.
Rockwell also indicated that he enjoyed painting the portrait because of Eisenhower's expressive face.
Rockwell also related that he enjoyed talking about painting with Ike. Ike was an amateur painter.
Portrait of Dwight D Eisenhower 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.
Rockwell eventually, in 1956, painted another cover portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower for The Post. That painting showed Ike with an even more expansive smile on his face. That, too, was part of the Presidential campaign.
Eisenhower, in 1956, once more squared off against Stevenson and emerged as the victorious candidate again.
Norman Rockwell's Portrait of Dwight D Eisenhower (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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