The Expense Account by Norman Rockwell
November 30, 1957 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
The Expense Account, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 30, 1957. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
An alternate title for this painting is Traveling Salesman.
This painting was Rockwell's 298th 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 1957. In 1957, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 31.25 x 29 inches or 79.5 x 73.5 cm, is part of the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge MA .
This painting also appears in seven Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appears in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 215.
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.
The Expense Account
In this painting, Norman Rockwell give us a glimpse into a regular part of a traveling salesman's headaches.
The expense account is a necessary evil.
Without it, many salepeople would not be able to entertain existing and potential clients.
Yet when it comes to putting all the figures down, it all seems like such a lot of work.
This fellow, Ernest Hall (there really was a real Ernest Hall in Stockbridge Massachusetts and he was Rockwell's friend) is trying to get his figures together for the preceding week.
From his expression, he is having a difficult time getting it all together.
Still he persists. He will get the form and figures together.
The Expense Account 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.
Ernest is working on top of his breifcase.
Another case rests on the floor beside him. His reading material and personal items are in the case on the floor.
The Pullman chair was supplied by the Santa Fe Railway. Rockwell simply asked and the Railway supplied it. Rockwell promptly returned it after he was finished. Oh, to have friends like that.
Norman Rockwell's The Expense Account (1957)
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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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