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Boy Playing Flute Surrounded by Animals (Springtime)
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About the item

Throughout the course of his long career, Norman Rockwell developed a significant and unique partnership with The Saturday Evening Post, ultimately executing 321 cover illustrations for the publication over a forty-seven year period. These commissions allowed Rockwells distinctive aesthetic to reach millions of American households on a daily basis, which ultimately became integral to the countrys vision of itself, its history and its values.  By presenting his audience with wholesome, humorous and idealistic images of their own lives, Rockwell earned himself a reputation as one of the most celebrated illustrators of the twentieth century.\n\nAppearing on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on April 16, 1927, Boy Playing Flute Surrounded by Animals (Springtime) exemplifies the playful spirit that imbues Rockwells best and most beloved images. Painted during the early period of the artists career, the present work demonstrates the more expressive and painterly manner of execution that characterizes his works from the 1920s and early 1930s, a quality Rockwell left behind asencouraged by a younger generation of artists and illustratorshe incorporated photography into his technical process. Even without the use of photography, Rockwells ability to achieve a near perfect realism is on fully display here through the myriad of rich textures he captures in elements such as the fur of the rabbit and squirrel, the shell of the turtle and the grasshoppers spindly legs. Ultimately these delightful details all serve to support the artists intended narrative, effortlessly conjuring the joyful mood that accompanies the arrival of spring. \nSigned Norman/Rockwell (lower right)
US
NY, US
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medium

Oil on canvas laid down on Masonite

creator

Rockwell, Norman

condition

Please contact the American Art department for this condition report: (212) 606 7280 or americanart@sothebys.com In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

dimensions

30 by 24 1/4 inches

literature

The Saturday Evening Post, April 16, 1927, cover illustration (©SEPS licensed by Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved) Thomas Buechner, Norman Rockwell: Artist & Illustrator, New York, 1970, no. 226, illustrated p. 100 Christopher Finch, Norman Rockwell's America, New York, 1975, illustrated p. 280 Dr. Donald Stoltz and Marshall L. Stoltz, Norman Rockwell and ‘The Saturday Evening Post:' The Later Years, New York, 1976, p. 193, illustrated p. 194 Christopher Finch, Norman Rockwell: 332 Magazine Covers, New York, 1979, pp. 165, 182 Mary Moline, Norman Rockwell Encyclopedia: A Chronological Catalogue of the Artist’s Work, 1910-1978, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1979, illustrated fig. 1-205, p. 48 Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: Catalogue Raisonné, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, no. C285, p. 107, illustrated p. 106 Jan Cohn, Covers of ‘The Saturday Evening Post:’ Seventy Years of Outstanding Illustration from America’s Favorite Magazine, New York, 1995, illustrated p. 119 The Saturday Evening Post Special Collector’s Edition, vol. I, no. 1, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2010, illustrated p. 27

provenance

Palm Beach Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida Jack and Bonita Granville Wrather, California, 1970s (acquired from the above) By descent to the present owner 

signedDate

Signed Norman/Rockwell (lower right)

artist_range_end

1978

artist_range_start

1894

consignmentDesignation

The Jack and Bonita Granville Wrather Collection

creator_nationality_dates

1894 - 1978


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