The Old Master by Norman Rockwell
February 25, 1922 Issue of The Literary Digest
The Old Master, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published February 25, 1922.
The alternate title for this painting is The Violinist.
This illustration was Rockwell's thirty-fourth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
From his first cover illustration in 1918, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, Norman Rockwell artwork was published on The Literary Digest cover forty-seven times in all.
Rockwell artwork was featured on the cover of The Digest nine times just in 1922.
This illustration has been reproduced on page 58 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
The Old Master
Here Norman Rockwell captures the flavor of a violin concert.
The Old Master was only one of 47 Norman Rockwell Literary Digest covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Literary Digest scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
He aptly captures the old master violinist's concentration.
One can almost hear the eloquent sounds coming out of the master's violin.
He captures the audience, in the dark and listening intently to the magic coming from the violin.
He even captures all the details of the violin itself, from the bow to the strings to the neck scroll - right down to the f-hole. The f-holes are two graceful swoops that are cut into the belly of the violin.
Rockwell said that the dark background color used in this and other paintings is called painter's black. Instead of using real black, he used a dark brown/black so the paintings wouldn't be so dark.
I have been unable to ascertain who the violinist Rockwell is depicting might be. Given Rockwell's penchant for painting current events, I am certain he must be a famous violinist of 1922. If any reader knows the identity of the "old master," please let me know via the contact us form. Please include your research references for verification.
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