Norman Rockwell Art and The Literary Digest
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Norman Rockwell art graced the cover of The Literary Digest 48 times starting in 1918.
Rockwell painted using two different styles for these covers. The first style showed the characters against a white background. The white background illustrations were probably the most popular, since this style was also preferred at The Saturday Evening Post.
The second style of illustration showcased the entire composition with a detailed background. The whole painting was enclosed by a frame. Of course, even the frame was painted by Rockwell.
The Literary Digest was published weekly by the Funk & Wagnalls Company. By the time Norman Rockwell art was featured on the cover, the magazine had been in circulation for over 30 years. In 1916, the cover price was 10 cents. Just imagine, being able to purchase a beautiful piece of art to cherish for only 10 cents!
Famous Norman Rockwell Covers
Some of Rockwell's most famous paintings appeared on The Digest's cover. Mother's Little Angel, from January 29, 1921, actually featured Irene Rockwell, Norman's first wife, as a model. Another well-loved work from this period was Mending The Flag, from May 27, 1922.
Most of Rockwell illustrated Literary Digest covers that appear on Best-Norman-Rockwell-Art.com were purchased on eBay.
Click here for our list of Norman Rockwell art that has appeared on or inside of The Literary Digest. The list includes links to exclusive scans of Norman Rockwell The Literary Digest covers.
The depth and breadth of selection of Norman Rockwell art on eBay has fluctuated over time. Experience and watching has taught patience. If you watch often and long enough, what you want will appear for sale on eBay.
A few of the covers were purchased on used book sites like Abebooks.com and Alibris.com. The selection of magazines on any other site suffers when compared to eBay. However, Abebooks and Alibris both have better selections of old books and even sheet music illustrated by Rockwell.
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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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