Portrait of Nasser by Norman Rockwell
May 25, 1963 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Portrait of Nasser, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published May 25, 1963. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 322nd 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 1963. In 1963, there were five Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published. One of the covers, the final Rockwell image on the Post cover, was a reprint of the 1960 Portrait of John F. Kennedy, republished in memoriam.
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 twenty cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Portrait of Nasser
When Norman Rockwell travelled to Egypt to paint a portrait of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the handsome president had his own ideas about how the painting should look.
Nasser was a handsome man and knew it. He wanted a front view portrait painted.
Rockwell, on the other hand, felt that Nasser's smile would show more teeth tha he wanted in his portrait. Rockwell wanted the profile portrait.
Nasser was stubborn about his preference. Every time Rockwell would start sketching, Nassser would move from the profile to the front view and smile.
Rockwell persisted, even physically moving the President again into the pose he wanted.
Nasser finally did give in and maintained the pose the artist preferred. Rockwell had outlasted the Egyptian President.
Portrait of Nasser 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 painted this portrait during the same trip in which he painted his Portrait of Nehru.
Portrait of Nasser was the last original published painting of Rockwell's on the Saturday Evening Post. The last Post cover, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, published in memoriam of the fallen President, was actually originally published October 29, 1960 and was thus a reprint.
Norman Rockwell's Portrait of Nasser (1963)
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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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