Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #32

Christmas Homecoming, 1948

Christmas Homecoming by Norman Rockwell 1948

Christmas Homecoming appeared on the December 25th, 1948 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The original oil on canvas is owned by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

It was also Norman’s seventh and final cover for the year.

This painting shows Norman Rockwell’s son Jarvis (Jerry) coming home from college for Christmas. The woman hugging him, is his mother, Mary Barstow Rockwell. To the left is Thomas Rockwell, and to the left of him (wearing glasses) is Peter. Norman Rockwell himself is also in the painting – smoking his pipe.

The redhead behind Peter is Mead Schaeffer’s daughter, Patty. If you remember, Patty was Norman’s model for the Willie Gilli’s series.

Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays Traveling Exhibit, prepared by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, has been extended until January 24th. Make sure you stop by the Fick Fossil and History Museum before it’s gone for good!

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Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #30

Tired Salesgirl on Christmas Eve, 1947

Tired Salesgirl on Christmas Eve by Norman Rockwell 1947

The alternative title to this piece is “Christmas Rush”

Tired Salesgirls on Christmas Eve appeared on the December 27th, 1947 cover of the Saturday Evening Post. She was Norman’s 7th of out seven covers in 1947.

A private collector owns the original 30 1/4 inch by 28 inch oil on canvas.

If you look very carefully, her pin contains a watch which reads “5:05” – I’m sure she is happy 5 o’clock has finally arrived!

Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays Traveling Exhibit, prepared by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, has been extended until January 24th. Make sure you stop by the Fick Fossil and History Museum before it’s gone for good!

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #28

Happy New Year, 1945

Happy New Year by Norman Rockwell

The alternative title to this painting is, “Party’s Over

Happy New Year, was the 10th cover work for Norman and the Saturday Evening Post.

The lone man in the painting, is the waiter, looking at the huge mess he now how to clean up. This was the first “New Year” after the end of World War II. The waiter was portrayed by Anton Ashenbrenner.

The original oil on canvas’ location is unknown.

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Union Station Chicago, 1944

Union Station Chicago by Norman Rockwell 1944

Also known as “Train Station at Christmas

This artwork was featured on the December 23rd, 1944 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.

The original oil on canvas is housed in a private collection and measures approximately 32 inches by 25 inches.

When Norman painted this picture, he had begun to use photographs to paint from, instead of having models stand for hours on end.  A very special someone is painted into the middle of the painting.

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #22

Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper, 1942

Merry Christmas: Santa Face in Newspaper by Norman Rockwell 1942

The alternative title for this artwork is “Santa’s in the News!” – appeared on the Saturday Evening Post on December 26th, 1942.

Santa’s in the News! was Norman’s 8th Saturday Evening Post Cover to feature Santa Claus.

This 1942 edition of the newspaper is full of bad news. If you look at the print, you see several words like Hitler, Bomb and War. The United States was deep into World War II during December of 1942. However, Santa and the thought of the holidays breaks through all the madness and sadness in the daily news.

Don’t forget! Norman Rockwell’s, Home for the Holidays, an exhibit prepared by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is only display for another week!

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #15

Christmas: Santa Claus Reading Mail

Santa Reading Mail by Norman Rockwell 1935

This cover is also known as “Santa at his Desk” and “Letters to Santa

This painting was the sixth time that Norman Rockwell featured Santa on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
The original painting, oil on canvas, measured 35 inches by 27 inches, and is currently owned in a private collection.

The original painting sold for $657,000 on November 28, 2007 at auction by Sotheby’s in New York City. The sale exceeded its pre-auction estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.

Norman Rockwell : Home for the Holidays : Saturday Evening Post Covers : Blog #14

Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit

Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit by Norman Rockwell 1934

This Norman Rockwell painting appeared on the December 15th, 1934 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.

The alternative title for this painting is God Bless Us Everyone.

Norman was commissioned for seven paintings for the Saturday Evening Post in 1934, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit was his seventh and final for the year.