Norman Rockwell Magazine Covers
Complete List - Part Six: 1940 to 1980
Norman Rockwell's artwork, including his many magazine cover illustrations, were crucial to becoming America's favorite illustrator.
His paintings from this period also showcase his talent honed by years of experience. As told in Norman Rockwell, My Adventures As An Illustrator, brainstorming and executing cover after cover was no mean feat. Rockwell sometimes agonized and deliberated for months over a cover idea before finally getting it settled in his mind.
This partly explains what would otherwise be a mystery. In Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt, there are often 4 or 5 different versions of some paintings. Some of them are completely finished while some are only finished in varying degrees.
Norman Rockwell Magazine Covers 1940 - 1950
Within this section of the list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, Rockwell covers a wide range of topics.
Rockwell focuses on the human side of World War II for the first half of this decade, the 1940's. He concentrated, as he always did, on Americans, at home, at work, and at play.
During this time period, Norman Rockwell magazine covers featuring Private Willie Gillis appeared on The Saturday Evening Post eleven times. Rockwell's model, Robert Otis Buck, eventually enlisted in the Navy. Since his model was no longer available, Rockwell had to rely on his memory and photographs. The public was still clamoring for more Willie Gillis!
Some of the Willie Gillis covers only showed Willie in a photograph on the wall. Rockwell had to stretch his creative muscles to include Willie in some of those covers. The last Willie Gillis painting Willie Gillis Goes To College appeared in 1946.
If you should notice any errors or omissions in the list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, please let me know.
Also, if you know the name of any unnamed work or have scans of works that I don't show, please, please let me know.
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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