Maid with Movie Magazine by Norman Rockwell
November 4, 1922 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Maid with Movie Magazine, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published November 4, 1922.
The alternate title for this painting is Cinderella.
This painting was Rockwell's fifty-second 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 ninth Rockwell cover in 1922. The Post featured a Rockwell illustration on its cover ten times in 1922.
The location of the original painting is not known. A pencil on paper study , 5 x 4.125 inches or 13 x 10.5 cm, is part of the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
This illustration has been reproduced in two Rockwell commentary books, as illustration 153 of Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator by Thomas Buechner and on page 91 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Early issues of the Saturday Evening Post with Rockwell covers, like this one, are hard to find in great condition. Higher grades of this issue sell for more than one hundred dollars at auction.
Maid with Movie Magazine
With this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us an interlude in the workday of this maid.
She is just taking a short break in her workday. She is relaxing momentarily with a movie magazine.
Did she bring the magazine to work with her? Or is the magazine the property of the lady of the house?
She may have just picked it up when straightening the room she was working in.
The article she is reading sports the headline "Stars of the Screen." I do not recognize the star depicted in the magazine, but he was no doubt a heartthrob.
The dreamy look on her face suggests that she is imagining herself spending time with the screen star. Whether they are dancing or just engaging in witty conversation, she is enjoying her daydream.
Maid with Movie Magazine 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 maid, with paper curlers in her hair, wears an apron over her dress to keep it clean. She wears slippers on her feet.
She has been taking a momentary break so long that the kittens have started playing with her broom.
Let's hope she breaks her reverie before she gets cobwebs.
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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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