Construction Crew by Norman Rockwell
August 21, 1954 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Construction Crew, a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 21, 1954. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 283rd 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 fifth cover for The Post in 1954. In 1954, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 32.5 x 28 inches or 81 x 71 cm, is part of the collection of Curtis Publishing Company.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
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.
Norman Rockwell shows us how progress can sometimes interfere with simple pleasure.
These kids are about to have their playground upgraded a new house. The plans show that the two men are supposed to start digging the cellar for someone's new home.
These poor fellows are going to have to break someone's heart.
Neighborhood kids, including one dog, are arriving on the scene to plead their case.
The property may be owned by someone else, but this is their playground.
The foreman, holding a hammer and blueprints, looks almost stunned. He did not know that there would be a hitch in fulfilling this job.
If he is local, this may have even been where he also played baseball during the summers.
Construction Crew 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.
It is unlikely that the children will win their case. They are not even pleading to the right person. The construction crew is just here to do a job, not to decide whether or not it should be done .
It is said that Rockwell recruited members of the local Little League for his children models.
Two of the models also appeared in later paintings. Kenneth Ingram, holding the bat, appeared in The Optician. Scott Ingram, the little boy sucking his fingers, appeared in The Discovery, and many other paintings.
Norman Rockwell's Construction Crew (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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