Man Playing Violin by Norman Rockwell
October 22, 1921 Issue of The Country Gentleman
Man Playing Violin, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published October 22, 1921.
The alternate title for this painting is Halloween.
The Country Gentleman was published by Curtis Publishing Company. Curtis Publishing also published The Saturday Evening Post.
This illustration was the thirty-first Country Gentleman cover by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell painted thirty-five covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922.
Man Playing Violin
This painting was published one week before Halloween 1921. The jack-o-lantern gives it away that this is a Halloween illustration. Otherwise, it could be mistaken for any fall seasonal illustration.
Fall means harvest for most Country Gentleman readers. After all, it was billed as "The Oldest Agricultural Journal in the World." So it would be only natural for Rockwell to paint a harvest cover. The corn hanging in the upper right hand corner confirms that this is harvest time.
This painting was only one of 34 Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Then Norman Rockwell went one step further. He added the pumpkin.
The addition of the carved pumpkin takes the cover from a general harvest painting to a more specialized Halloween cover.
The man is most likely playing his violin at a Halloween party. He is wearing suit and tie for the occasion.
The tune he is playing in this painting is probably an upbeat melody. Just look at how high his right foot is raised, keeping his beat.
The look on his face suggests satisfaction. Maybe lots of party-goers are dancing to his music.
This man is the same model Rockwell used on a previous The Country Gentleman cover, April 23, 1921's Man with Lantern .
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