Red Cross Volunteer by Norman Rockwell
September 21, 1918 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Red Cross Volunteer, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published September 21, 1918.
An alternate title for this painting is Giving to the Red Cross.
This painting was Rockwell's fourteenth overall picture out of 322 featured on the cover of The Post. 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 fourth Rockwell cover in 1917. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover four times in 1917.
The location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
This painting has reproduced in two Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 110 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 78 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Original copies of this magazine cover in pristine condition have been sold for well over one hundred dollars on eBay. And it only cost a nickel when it was new.
Red Cross Volunteer
In the painting, Norman Rockwell gives us a glimpse into charity giving in the Teens.
The giver in this illustration is an elderly gentleman. He is dressed in fine clothes. Everything about him suggests that he is at least somewhat wealthy and can easily afford to be charitable.
From the carnation in his lapel to the spats on his shoes, he looks the part.
He holds his cane on one arm.
He has removed his top hat and one of his gloves. He is reaching into his pocket with the ungloved hand to find a contribution.
The little girl is holding her contribution box up for him to easily drop his coins into it.
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Her entire outfit matches perfectly as well. Whtie, pink and red all blend seamlessly. She wears the Red Cross on her forehead.
The gentleman cannot help but see her imploring eyes when he looks at her Red Cross headdress.
The girl is a cutie, but the real stealer of the show is the little black dog. He is also wearing the Red Cross. He certainly looks like a tireless worker.
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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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