Courting Couple at Midnight by Norman Rockwell
March 22, 1919 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Courting Couple at Midnight, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published March 22, 1919.
This painting was Rockwell's seventeenth overall picture out of 322 total 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 third Rockwell cover in 1919. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover eleven times in 1919.
The original oil on canvas painting, 25 x 19 inches or 63.5 x 48 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting has reproduced in four Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 89 of Norman Rockwell's America by Christopher Finch, as illustration 113 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner, on page 21 of Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective 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 to think it only cost a nickel when it was new.
Courting Couple at Midnight
Norman Rockwell shows us in this illustration the most dreaded time in any suitor's evening. That time is when it is time to leave. Especially if your date is smiling and asking you not to go just yet.
This suitor is all dressed up, just as he should be. He is making a good impression. Anyone can see that he likes this young lady.
He is wearing his best collar. He has a pink carnation on his lapel. His hair is slicked back just right. Yes, sir! Just right.
The young lady has her head on his shoulder. She also is dressed to impress.
There is only one small problem.
It is midnight. The pendulum on the clock keeps on swinging, no matter how much fun they are having.
Courting Couple at Midnight 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.
The little bird's door has just opened. He will be out to sing shortly.
The young man looks at the bird in the clock as if to say "Please stay inside for a little while longer."
But the bird will sing anyway.
Then it will be time to say sweet good-byes until next time.
(Image Only) Copyright © 1919 Saturday Evening Post & Curtis Publishing Company
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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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