Norman Rockwell’s Photo Inspiration

I found a fantastic collection of photos from this post (except for the baseball one). Here are the original photographs that Norman Rockwell used to create his paintings! It is fascinating to see which features he accentuates/exaggerates and what details he leaves out. These photos only hint of a story, but Rockwell’s finished paintings embody a blossoming narrative.

The Dugout September 4, 1948 issue of the Saturday Evening Post

The Dugout, 1948
September 4, 1948 issue of the Saturday Evening Post

New Kids in the Neighborhood Norman Rockwell 1967 Tear sheet, Look, May 16, 1967 13 x 20 ½ in.

New Kids in the Neighborhood, 1967
Tear sheet, Look, May 16, 1967

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The Tattoo Artist Norman Rockwell 1944 Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 4, 1944 Oil on canvas 43 x 33 in.

The Tattoo Artist, 1944
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 4, 1944

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Shuffleton’s Barbershop Norman Rockwell 1950 Cover Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, April 29, 1950 Oil on canvas 45 ¾ x 42 ½ in.

Shuffleton’s Barbershop, 1950
Cover Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, April 29, 1950

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Marriage Counselor, 1963 Norman Rockwell Illustration intended for The Saturday Evening Post, c. 1963 but unpublished; offered to Ladies Home Journal, 1972, but unpublished oil on canvas

Marriage Counselor, 1963
Illustration intended for The Saturday Evening Post, c. 1963 but unpublished; offered to Ladies Home Journal, 1972, but unpublished 

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Little girl observing lovers on a train 1944 August 12, 1944 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post

Little girl observing lovers on a train, 1944
August 12, 1944 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post

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After The Prom 1957 The Saturday Evening Post cover

After The Prom, 1957
The Saturday Evening Post cover

The Runaway 1958 The Saturday Evening Post, September 20, 1958 (cover) Oil on canvas

The Runaway, 1958
The Saturday Evening Post, September 20, 1958 (cover)

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