Easter Morning by Norman Rockwell
May 16, 1959 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Easter Morning, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published May 16, 1959. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 305th 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 second cover for The Post in 1959. In 1959, there were four Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 53 x 49 inches or 134.6 x 124.4 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in seven Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One study is also reproduced on page 224 of the Norman Rockwell Catalogue.
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 gives us a humorous glimpse into family life on Sunday morning.
This poor fellow has been unfairly picked on. This may actually be his first Sunday to stay at home in a month or more.
Rockwell apparently felt that the man was somewhat of an imp, as he painted horns into his disheveled hair.
We do not know if he started his newspaper with the sports section, but that is what he is reading at present. The othr sections of the newspaper do not look read yet.
His coffee cup and his ashtray rest on top of some of the sections. He enjoys a cigarette as he slumps into his chair, trying not to be conspicuous.
The man's family is all decked out in their Sunday best, walking single file to the door, headed out to worship.
His wife, modeled by Gail Rockwell, wife of Thomas Rockwell, Norman's oldest son, is giving him the cold shoulder. She has probably had the argument about his non-attendance before and doesn't wish to compromise her own attitude with another discussion.
The twins areboth modeled by the same girl, a technique Rockwell first utilized in 1948's Christmas Homecoming. They echo mother's bearing and resoluteness not to even glance in his direction.
Only the son glances in his father's direction, as if to say "Can I stay home, too?" The son can see those funny papers beckoning him.
Easter Morning 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 painting was not published until after Easter in 1959. Easter was celebrated on March 29 in 1959.
So, in my opinion, this would be better named Skipping Church.
One little known detail of this painting is that the view out of the big picture window is also the view out of the big picture window at Rockwell's studio.
Norman Rockwell's Easter Morning (1959)
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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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