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These Norman Rockwell Santa Claus paintings are the standards against which every other artists renderings of the jolly old elf are measured.

"Children want to believe in Santa Claus just as fervently as we adults want to believe in Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men."
-Norman Rockwell

Over the years of his active career, Rockwell painted Santa over thirty times. I am not counting all the paintings portraying someone dressing up as Santa. This also neglects the many Norman Rockwell Christmas paintings that do not include jolly Saint Nicholas.

Santa with Elves -1922

Norman Rockwell's December 2, 1922 Saturday Evening Post cover entitled Santa with Elves
Norman Rockwell's
Santa with Elves
(Saturday Evening Post December 2, 1922)

Santa with Elves is one of those classic Norman Rockwell Santa Claus paintings.

Rockwell's execution is exemplary and his vision for this painting is bordering on genius.

Here we see an exhausted Santa being helped by his elves. The elves are finishing a couple of jobs for Santa. They are finishing painting and also loading the magic bag. And they haven't even disturbed the big man!

On top of that, the head elf is giving directions from Santa's shoulder. He must be really tired to not wake up.

Santa's Workshop - 1922

Norman Rockwell's Santa Claus painting Santa's Workshop first published in the Clintonville Gazette December 14, 1922
Norman Rockwell's
Santa's Workshop
(Clintonville Gazette December 22, 1922)

Santa's Workshop is one of Norman Rockwell's best loved Santa Claus paintings. It was originally commissioned as an advertisement for the Western Newspaper Union.

This painting shows Santa's delight in doing his job. He has created another toy for some deserving boy or girl. It appears to be a simple toy, one that will last a long time.

In the background, we can see other toys Santa is working on. A drum and Jack-in-the-box are the next toys in Santa's workshop.

The Night Before Christmas - 1923

Cover of The Literary Digest from December 22, 1923 by Norman Rockwell entitled The Night Before Christmas
Norman Rockwell's
The Night Before Christmas
(Literary Digest December 22, 1923)

This Christmas painting features a Norman Rockwell Santa Claus sneaking and peeking at a little boy.

The boy was apparently trying to stay awake in an attempt to catch a glimpse of Santa. He is wrapped in his blanket in a chair by the fireplace.

The whole scene is illuminated by candlelight and firelight.

Rockwell rarely painted just one figure. He loved painting the interaction between characters. He was an expert at showing the humor in situations.

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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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Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
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