On The Cover of The Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell Became Famous
A Success Story
With his art on cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell became an American icon. The popularity of his illustrations on the cover helped make the Post the magazine America read.
Both Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post both became fixtures in American homes during the early years of the Twentieth Century.
The Saturday Evening Post was published weekly in the United States from August 4, 1821 to February 8, 1969 and monthly afterward. Curtis Publishing Co., its publisher for most of that period, claimed the magazine was founded by Benjamin Franklin. However, the Post's first issue was published more than 30 years after Franklin's death in 1790.
The Post had fallen on hard times by the late Nineteenth Century. The new editor of the Post at that time, George Horace Lorimer, rebuilt the Saturday Evening Post into the premier magazine of its time. Mr Lorimer, as Norman Rockwell called him, took the Post "from a two bit family journal with a circulation in the hundreds to an influential mass magazine with a circulation in the millions." Quoted from ***Adventures.shtml***.
An Epic Meeting
Although hesitant about approaching the Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell was certain that the cover of the Post was his window of opportunity. He had dreamed for years of having his illustrations on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Norman Rockwell put aside his fears in 1916 and took two paintings and three sketches to Phildelphia and Mr. Lorimer's office.
Rockwell was so nervous and scared that he almost turned around and headed back to New York when he reached the Post's office building.
On the Cover of The Saturday Evening Post...
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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