Grandfather Frightened by Jack-O-Lantern by Norman Rockwell
October 23, 1920 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Grandfather Frightened by Jack-O-Lantern, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published October 23, 1920.
The alternate title for this painting is Hallow-E'en.
This painting was Rockwell's thirty-fifth overall pictureout 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 tenth Rockwell cover in 1920. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover eleven times in 1920.
The location of the original painting is not known.
This illustration has been reproduced in two Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 136 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 84 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
This cover is especially hard to find in Excellent condition. Besides being one of Rockwell's very early cover illustrations, it is also a holiday illustration. It is fairly expensive when available.
Grandfather Frightened by Jack-O-Lantern
Well, now I have seen it all. An old man attacked by a ghost carrying a Jack-O-Lantern!
This illustration was Norman Rockwell's 1920 Halloween cover for The Saturday Evening Post. It has since become one of the all-time favorite Rockwell illustrations.
Grandfather looks very surprised by the "ghost" in front of him. He has raised his hands in alarm. His glasses have fallen off his face. He is leaning backwards.
If not for the smile on his face, we might actually believe that he really is frightened.
Maybe he is not really frightened because his dog is ready to defend him.
Or maybe he has recognized the little girl under the sheet.
The dog recognizes the child also. You can almost see that bob-tail wagging in the picture.
As for the child, no doubt, she let out a delighted giggle at Grandfather's reaction.
Grandfather Frightened by Jack-O-Lantern 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.
Either she or someone else did a masterful carving job on that Jack-O-Lantern. But I have to wonder just how sturdy the pumpkin is, being situated on that stick like that.
In modern times, Halloween has been a time for make-believe.
Everybody should enjoy a little make-believe.
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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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