Girl Reading Palm by Norman Rockwell
March 12, 1921 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Girl Reading Palm, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published March 12, 1921.
An alternate title for the painting is Fortune Teller and A Night on the Town.
This painting was Rockwell's thirty-eighth 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 second Rockwell cover in 1921. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover seven times in 1921.
The original oil on canvas painting, 22 x 20 inches or 56 x 51 cm, is owned by a private collector.
This painting also appears in three Rockwell commentary books. It appears on page 27 of Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective by Thomas Buechner, as illustration 140 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 87 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Pristine examples of this cover regularly sell for more than one hundred dollars, sometimes multiples of that figure.
And to think it only cost five cents when brand new.
Girl Reading Palm
This Norman Rockwell painting shows us a young couple at a party entertaining themselves.
This couple is gaily dressed in party clothes. He is wearing his tux and black tie. My, what thin socks!
She is wearing a pink dress. She has an interesting feathery thing at her side. Is that a purse, fan, headdress or what? Please contact me if you know what that object is.
The couple have been sitting and just finished eating.
The size of the serving plate and just spoons to eat with suggests they may have been eating dessert. The coffee cups also suggest that coffee was served with dessert.
Now the conversation has turned to the future.
Girl Reading Palm 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 young lady has reached out and taken hold of the young man's left hand. She appears to be tracing one of the major lines on his hand.
The young man looks as if he is mulling over his options.
Should he believe her reading, or at least act as if he does? Should he tell her if he doesn't believe in palm reading? Or should he just nod and change the subject?
(Image Only) Copyright © 1921 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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