Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Norman Rockwell's Birthday: Saturday Evening Post Halloween Covers!
According to the Google Doodle, today is Norman Rockwell's Birthday!
I've always loved Rockwell's paintings. The nostalgic paintings make me smile and encapsulate the idyllic American image. My personal favs? The Halloween covers, of course.
Each of his images contains all sort of things to look at and wonder about. The 1925 cover features kids dressed as ghosts, holding a lit jack o' lantern, with a look of surprised-fear on their faces. In the background, black cats hiss and swipe at each other while a stoic owl on a leafless tree looks on. Great.
Although he's most known for his Saturday Evening Post covers, he did some great ones like the man playing the violin by a jack o' lantern (below) for other periodicals like The Country Gentleman... which sounds like my grandfather's GQ.
Check out more of the master's work in coffee table compilations like those in the links below. They're great for flipping through on a crisp autumn night by a roaring fire.