Boy Hiding Under Couch Sneezing by Norman Rockwell
October 1, 1921 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Boy Hiding Under Couch Sneezing, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published October 1, 1921.
Alternate titles for this painting include The Sneezing Spy and God Bless You.
This painting was Rockwell's forty-second overall out of 322 total pictures 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 was also the sixth Rockwell cover in 1921. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover seven times in 1921.
The location of the original painting is not known.
This illustration has been reproduced in three Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 95 of Norman Rockwell's America by Christopher Finch, as illustration 138 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 87 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
This popular cover is very hard to find and purchase in excellent condition. Scarcity and demand drive prices. Expect to pay over one hundred dollars for and original example of this cover, and even more if it is in excellent condition.
Boy Hiding Under Couch Sneezing
In this painting, Norman Rockwell treats us to a glimpse inside the joys of boyhood. Being a spy has always been a source of intrigue for boys of all ages.
The spy in question is the young boy hiding under the couch.
He has sneaked into the courting parlor. His older sister is entertaining her beau there. His inquiring mind apparently wants to know about courting.
The couch itself is a wonderful looking piece of furniture. No doubt the design and fine workmanship exhibited were commonplace during the time of the painting.
Sister and her beau were evidently unaware of their little spy for some time. They have been with enjoying each other's company.
Who would have expected a spy?
The couple has also consumed a box of candy during this visit.
Apparently, crawling under the couch stirred up some dust. The boy is not able to stifle his sneeze.
We do not know how long he has tried not to sneeze. Of course, that is almost as hard as trying not to breathe.
Boy Hiding Under Couch Sneezing was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
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Sooner or later, that sneeze will have to come out.
He has pulled out his handkerchief and given in to the urge to sneeze. His position is now given away. His mission is in danger.
What is his next move?
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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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