Lunch Break With A Knight by Norman Rockwell
November 3, 1962 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Lunch Break With A Knight, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 3, 1962. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 318th 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 1962. In 1962, there were two Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 34 x 32 inches or 86.25 x 81.25 cm, is part of the collection of the American Illustrators Gallery.
An oil on photographic paper mounted on board study of the painting, 8.75 x 8.25 inches or 22 x 21 cm, is part of the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, MA.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
The study belonging to the Norman Rockwell Museum is also reproduced in the Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 237.
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover bring good prices on eBay, when it is available. And to think it only cost twenty cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Lunch Break With A Knight
Norman Rockwell would often go to museums looking for inspiration and ideas for paintings.
He found inspiration for this painting at the John Woodman Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Higgins Armory Museum contains one of the largest collections of armor and weapons in the world.
This armored horse and its armored rider are part of that collection.
Of course, the sfuffed and mounted war horse could no more gaze down at the guard with disapproval than he could trot around the museum. That disapproving stare is from the imagination and creativity of Norman Rockwell.
Lunch Break With A Knight 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 question that comes to my mind is whether the horse is uoset by the guard's familiarity or is the horse just hungry and jealous for a sandwich?
The guard is just lucky that the knight doesn't want a bite of his sandwich.
Norman Rockwell's Lunch Break With A Knight (1962)
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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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