Portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower by Norman Rockwell
October 13, 1956 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 13, 1956. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 292th 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 1956. In 1956, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting is part of the collection of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.
This painting also appears in two 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.
Portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower
The differences between this portrait and the one that Rockwell painted four years earlier are simple. Ike is four years older and, in this painting, he is showing a toothy smile.
Rockwell abided by Eisenhower's wishes and did not paint his gold tooth. Ike said his wife Mamie did not like the look of the gold tooth.
Eisenhower went on to win the 1956 election just as he did in 1952.
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 and Eisenhower got along famously. He and Eisenhower takjed about fishing and painting.
Dwight D Eisenhower was an amateur painter and asked Rockwell for painting tips. Rockwell remarked that Ike's painting was not very good, so he was glad to offer tips.
Norman Rockwell's Portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1956)
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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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