The Peephole by Norman Rockwell
August 30, 1958 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
The Peephole, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 30, 1958. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 301st overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell's career with the Post, spanning 47 years, began with his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 and continued through his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the third cover for The Post in 1958. In 1958, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover bring good prices on eBay, when it is available. And to think it only cost fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Norman Rockwell captures the forbidden practice of seeing a sporting event without paying admission.
Knots in wood occur naturally. Eventually a knot becomes a knothole. Sometimes a boy just can't wait for the knothole to open up.
That is when the boy, under cover of darkness, might spped along the hole part of the knothole.
The groundskeeper for the ball park would be responsible for repairing any holes in the fence.
The groundskeeper apparently has not discovered this hole yet. It is still fully operational.
Some critics have opined that Rockwell's painting of the wood and knothole look more real than the real thing. He surely captured all the details of the wood he was painting.
The Peephole 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.
This knothole is also in perfect position to see the pitching mound. Player number 9 is just getting to his release.
Maybe there is another with a view of home plate.
Rockwell whimsically carved his name into the wood as a signature. That just emphasizes the feel of the painting.
Norman Rockwell's The Peephole (1958)
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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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