Norman Rockwell Boy Scouts Illustrations
1915 Through 1935
Enjoy these Norman Rockwell Boy Scouts illustrations. Having collected Rockwell pictures for years, the selection is broad.
These are some of my favorites.
Notice the progression of his work. While Rockwell was quite good in 1913, he had obviously mastered his craft by 1935.
The first Norman Rockwell Boy's Life cover appeared in September 1913.
Be sure to notice the signature "Norman P. Rockwell" on the 1915 Boy's Life cover. He never liked the "P". His middle name, Perceval, was a family name on his mother's side. He quit signing his illustrations "Norman P. Rockwell" soon after this work.
These Red Cross magazine illustrations were commissioned by the Red Cross in 1918.
Norman Rockwell had just been discharged from the Navy in 1918 when these illustrations were commissioned.
The Boy Scouts had been very helpful to the Red Cross during World War One. The Red Cross used these pictures to honor the Boy Scouts for their contributions.
Norman Rockwell illustrations on other themes also appeared in other editions of Red Cross magazine.
These same Red Cross illustrations later appeared in Boy Scout calendars during the 1920's.
Rockwell painted a new Boy scout illustration every year from 1926 to 1965. He only missed two years in that time span, 1928 and 1930.
Each of these years, Brown and Bigelow, the calendar company, commissioned Rockwell to paint a new illustration for their Boy Scout calendar. After publication of the calendar, Brown and Bigelow donated the illustration and all rights to it to the Boy Scouts of Americas. Then, BSA published the painting on the cover of Boys Life, the Boy Scout magazine.
Rockwell Boys' Life Posters at Allposters.com
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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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