Man Threading A Needle by Norman Rockwell
April 8, 1922 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Man Threading A Needle, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 8, 1922.
An alternate title is simply Threading the Needle.
This painting was Rockwell's forty-sixth 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.
It was also the third Rockwell cover in 1922. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover ten times in 1922.
The original oil on canvas painting, 25.25 x 20 inches or 64 x 51 cm, is part of the collection of the National Museum of American Illustration.
This illustration has been reproduced in three Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 148 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner, on page 32 of Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective by Thomas Buechner and on page 89 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Like all the other early Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations, the original published illustration is difficult to find in condition desired by collectors. I have seen copies of this cover sell for more than one hundred dollars in condition I considered barely presentable. Expect to pay more for finer grades.
Man Threading A Needle
In this painting, Norman Rockwell gives us a glimpse into a bachelor's housekeeping during the early 1920's.
What do you do when you have a hole in your sock? You darn the darn holey sock.
But before you can repair the sock, you have to thread the needle.
That is this man's dilemma. That is what he is concentrating on.
He is ready to sew, except for one small detail.
He has put aside his pipe and newspaper.
He has found his sewing kit, complete with scissors, thread, thimbles and pincushion.
Now he is ready for the battle of nerves.
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Now he is ready to thread the needle.
He has already twisted the thread. Now he just has to thread it through that tiny hole.
His cat is also ready to assist if necessary.
Moral support always helps.
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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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