Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter by Norman Rockwell
April 17, 1954 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 17, 1954. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 282nd 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 fourth cover for The Post in 1954. In 1954, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 29 x 26.5 inches or 73.5 x 67.5 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Several studies also appear in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 198 and 199.
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.
Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter
In this painting, Norman Rockwell takes us behind the scenes on Easter morning at church.
Luckily, the church goers do not get to see this helter-skelter mess of a choir room.
We can observe all manner of clothing articles from pants to shirts to shoes, all strewn wherever they might land.
I guess the choir boys are in too big of a hurry to get ready to converned about hanging up their clothes as they change.
I still see a few cossocks and surplices hanging in the closet. Do they keep extras, or are some boys even later than the two we see here?
One funny detail that i noticed is the lone roller skate at the bottom of the picture.
Another nice Easter touch is the inclusion of the Easter lilies just inside the door on the left hand side.
Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter 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.
The model for the boy combing his hair eas Peter Rockwell, the artist's youngest son. This was not his first, nor his last time modeling for his talented father.
The mirror is so high that he must stand on a table to see himself well enough to comb.
He must tae solace in the knowledge that one day his voice will change and he will be promoted to altar boy.
Norman Rockwell's Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter (1954)
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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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