The Connoisseur by Norman Rockwell
January 13, 1962 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
The Connoisseur, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published January 13, 1962. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 317th 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 first cover for The Post in 1962. In 1962, there were two Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas mounted on board painting, 37.75 x 31.5 inches or 96 x 80 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in ten Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Three studies are also reproduced in Norman Rockwell Catalogue on page 236.
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.
This is one of the best well known Norman Rockwell paintings.
In this painting, Rockwell not only showed that he could paint abstract like Jackson Pollack, but that he could use that skill to tell a story also.
The painting inside this painting, a familiar device Rockwell had used before in his stories, is actually a painting that Rockwell did in the Pollack style. He painted the dribbles and drabbles just to be included in this painting.
The man shown appreciating the painting is portrayed as a typical art lover, and probably an art owner as well.
The incongruity in the painting is that the art lover is standing too close to the painting to be able to see the whole composition. Maybe he is looking at some of the individual paint sprinkles.
The painting is bound to look better from farther away than this fellow is standing.
The Connoisseur 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.
He is a dapper fellow, well dressed with suit, hat and gloves.
He is holding a program from the exhibit he is viewing.
He also carries an umbrella, maybe as protection if it starts raining paint sprinkles.
Norman Rockwell's The Connoisseur (1962)
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Do you have a personal story about this painting? Do you know the model personally? Do you have a different take on the commentary?
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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