Born: February 3, 1894, Manhattan, New York City, NY
Died: November 8, 1978, Stockbridge, MA
We all have memories of the iconic images Norman Rockwell created for the Saturday Evening Post. His first cover was published May 20, 1916-Boy With Baby Carriage and was an instant success.
I thought it might be fun to share the 3 covers Rockwell did of his favorite female model, a young girl named Mary. She is the little girl in the polka dot house coat. Her father was a business associate of Rockwell and he asked if she would be interested in posing for one of his paintings. Not really even knowing what that meant, Mary eagerly agreed, because she was fond of the kind and considerate man who was a friend of her father.
Her next opportunity was extremely fun for her, and she managed to provide the artist with the perfect grin of victory in an age that nice girls didn’t fight-it was unladylike : )
And with the genius Rockwell was known for, he captured Mary’s pensive moment in the mirror as she discarded her teddy bear and studied a fashion model’s face. Perfection.
Would love to know what your favorite Rockwell painting is-so many capture our imagination and take us to a comforting place-a happy place. Recently, iSissy3 shared the series Four Freedoms and reminded us why we love Norman Rockwell. So, Happy Birthday, Norman. Thank you for sharing your gifts of humanity and artistry so beautifully.