Red Sox Locker Room by Norman Rockwell
March 2, 1957 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Red Sox Locker Room, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published March 2, 1957. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
An alternate title is The Rookie.
This painting was Rockwell's 294th 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 first cover for The Post in 1957. In 1957, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting is part of a private collection..
This painting also appears in five Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study also appear in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 212.
A charcoal on joined paper a study , part of the collection of movie producer George Lucas, appeared in the Smithsonian exhibit, Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell fron the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg .
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.
Red Sox Locker Room
Norman Rockwell shows us a familiar scene from locker rooms in all sports.
A new guy or gal arrives. The veteran players do not know if the new guy will cut it and last on the team.
The new guy doesn't always know what to expect from the veteran players.
We know the identities of the veteran players.
Pitcher Frank Sullivan ties his shoes.
Jersey No 18 Jackie Jensen, the Right Fielder, sits with Sullivan on the bench.
Catcher Sammy White sits at the bottom left of the painting.
Second baseman Billy Goodman on the right margin is covering his smile.
And, of course in the center of the painting is the "Splendid Splinter" himself, Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams is the only one who was not there in person to model and pose. Rockwell painted Williams' likeness from his collection of trading cards.
The focus of all the other characters is, of course, the rookie, who was actually Sherman Safford, a local high school star athlete from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was asked by Rockwell to fill this part.
Red Sox Locker Room 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 player in the left margin is not known, but he appears again in After The Prom, the next Norman Rockwell magazine cover published.
Norman Rockwell's Red Sox Locker Room (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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