Norman Rockwell's Santa Consulting Globe
December 4, 1926 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
This Christmas painting by Norman Rockwell, Santa Consulting Globe, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published December 4, 1926. This is a timeless Christmas favorite of Rockwell collectors, no matter what age.
An alternate title is Santa's Good Boys after the title of the book he holds.
This Norman Rockwell Santa Claus painting was the 92nd overall of 322 total published Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. Rockwell's career with the Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the tenth of 1926.
This painting was Rockwell's fourth picture of Santa Claus featured on the cover of The Post. Rockwell's first Post Christmas cover appeared on December 9, 1916.
This Santa Claus picture continued The Post's long tradition of presenting Christmas paintings of Norman Rockwell on its cover.
In fact, when envisioning jolly old Saint Nicholas, most people still see Norman Rockwell's Santa Claus in their mind's eye.
And to think this Norman Rockwell Christmas picture only cost five cents new!
This painting also appears in two Rockwell commentary books. It was also reproduced in Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner at illustration 222 and in Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt on page 105.
Norman Rockwell's Santa Consulting Globe
This illustration is one of my favorites of all the Norman Rockwell Christmas scenes. Of course, anytime Rockwell painted Kris Kringle, a masterpiece was on its way.
No doubt, the events of this scene are an everyday occurence in the life of Santa. He has to keep a close eye on all the good boys and girls, almost as close as on the naughty ones.
Santa is apparently enjoying the convenience of owning a magic world globe. He appears to be watching girls and boys as they go about their everyday lives. Now we know how he sees us when we are awake and asleep. Which raises this question: Does Santa ever sleep? Does Santa even need sleep?
Judging by the position of the globe, Santa seems to be looking at children in the Eastern part of the former U.S.S.R., maybe Siberia. He is smiling so apparently the boy(s) and /or girl(s) he is watching are being nice. He almost appears to be laughing with joy. They must really be up to good.
He has withdrawn his book from his satchel. The book is entitled "Good Boys." What about the girls? Maybe he has another book for girls. Anyway, just like a good bookkeeper, Santa has his quill pen tucked behind his ear, ready to record his observations.
Since it is just December 4, there is plenty of time left for Santa in his workshop with the elves. Santa's elves are probably hard at work as we speak.
Santa Consulting Globe was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
One thing unexplained is the round continent right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on the globe. I have never seen it on any map before. Rockwell's sense of humor may be at play here. Maybe it is Atlantis! After it is a magic globe.
The most particular detail is floating just over his head. Had you noticed the halo? This detail is included in most of the Norman Rickwell Santa Claus paintings. It is a fitting tribute, considering how much joy Saint Nick delivers to children around the world on Christmas morning.
Norman Rockwell's Santa Consulting Globe (1926)
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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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