Boy with Dog in Picnic Basket by Norman Rockwell
May 15, 1920 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Boy with Dog in Picnic Basket, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published May 15, 1920.
An alternate title for this painting is The Stowaway.
This painting was Rockwell's thirtieth 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.
It is also the fifth Rockwell cover in 1920. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover eleven times in 1920.
The original oil on board painting, 21 x 18 inches or 63.5 x 46 cm, is part of a private collection.
This illustration has been reproduced in two Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 133 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 84 and plate 12 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Like all early Rockwell Post covers, this one is tough to find in pristine condition. For tha reason, I have seen copies sell for more than one hundred dollars.
And it was only a nickel when it was new.
Boy with Dog in Picnic Basket
This Norman Rockwell painting shows us a traveling boy and his secret cargo.
The boy is traveling alone, at least unaccompanied by an adult.
He is traveling by train. His ticket is tucked into the band around his hat. The porter doesn't even have to ask to see his ticket.
The boy looks like he has gotten all settled in. His suitcase is in front of his seat. His umbrella is firmly situated.
There is only one problem. The puppy he has smuggled on board wants to get out of the picnic basket. The puppy has awakened, and he wants OUT!
Boy with Dog in Picnic Basket 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.
Most likely, the puppy has needs to attend to. The boy should hope that the trains stops shortly or he will have some major explaining to do.
Was the puppy forbidden by the train company? Or was he afraid of what his mother would say?
Or was he just plain supposed to leave the puppy at home?
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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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