University Club by Norman Rockwell
August 27, 1960 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
University Club, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published August 27, 1960. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
Alternate titles for this painting are Sailor Flirting With Girl and In Fellowship Lies Friendship, which is the motto for the University Club.
This painting was Rockwell's 310th 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 fourth cover for The Post in 1960. In 1960, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 28 x 26 inches or 71 x 66 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in six Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
One of the photographs used in the composition of the painting appears on page 192 of Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera by Ron Schick .
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 imagined this scene at the corner of Fifth Avenue at W 54th St in New York City.
Rockwell perfectly captured the Italian Renaissance palazzo-style facade of the building.
A young lady, medeled by Louise Hirschfeld, is talking to an interested sailor. Though she wears high-heeled shoes, he towers over her. Wilh an outstretched arm, he leans against the building as he tries to impress her.
There are six people in the painting who are watching the scene unfold. Three members of the club are watching through the window directly over the sailor and the girl. One more member watches from another window.
A man walking down the sidewalk toward the couple also notices the scene.
The sixth person noticing and watching the scene is the artist with his pipe in his mouth. He is crossing the street going away from the scene, but glances back to take in the meeting.
University Club 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 does not just paint a self-portrait here. But it is also that.
The lady in the crosswalk, walking just in front of Rockwell, is Rockwell's daughter-in-law, Gail Rockwell. Gail Rockwell was also an illustrator, listed as the illustrator of three of her husband Thomas Rockwell's books.
Norman Rockwell's University Club (1960)
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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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