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Norman Rockwell

Before the Shot, 1958

Oil on canvas
28 9/10 × 27 in
73.5 × 68.5 cm
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Phillips

Property from a Family Collection

“I guess everyone has sat in the doctor's office and examined …

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Property from a Family Collection

“I guess everyone has sat in the doctor's office and examined his diplomas, wondering how good a doctor he was...” – Norman Rockwell

Before the Shot is a crucial iteration of one of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic images, which graced the cover of the March 15, 1958 issue of The …

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Signed “Norman Rockwell” lower center
Norman Rockwell
American, 1894–1978
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Few artists are as closely tied to the American identity as Norman Rockwell—though the idealistic images of happy families, playful school children, and humble towns he created during his 47-year career at the Saturday Evening Post were nostalgic even in their day. “The view of life I communicate in my pictures excludes the sordid and ugly,” the artist said. “I paint life as I would like it to be.” To create these detailed slices of life, Rockwell created meticulously planned photographic studies. After leaving the Post in the 1960s, his paintings took a more political turn, and he spent the last decade of his life creating works that dealt with issues such as civil rights and the fight against poverty.

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About the work
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P
Phillips

Property from a Family Collection

“I guess everyone has sat in the doctor's office and examined …

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Property from a Family Collection

“I guess everyone has sat in the doctor's office and examined his diplomas, wondering how good a doctor he was...” – Norman Rockwell

Before the Shot is a crucial iteration of one of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic images, which graced the cover of the March 15, 1958 issue of The …

Read more
Signature
Signed “Norman Rockwell” lower center
Norman Rockwell
American, 1894–1978
Follow

Few artists are as closely tied to the American identity as Norman Rockwell—though the idealistic images of happy families, playful school children, and humble towns he created during his 47-year career at the Saturday Evening Post were nostalgic even in their day. “The view of life I communicate in my pictures excludes the sordid and ugly,” the artist said. “I paint life as I would like it to be.” To create these detailed slices of life, Rockwell created meticulously planned photographic studies. After leaving the Post in the 1960s, his paintings took a more political turn, and he spent the last decade of his life creating works that dealt with issues such as civil rights and the fight against poverty.

Norman Rockwell

Before the Shot, 1958

Oil on canvas
28 9/10 × 27 in
73.5 × 68.5 cm
Bidding closed
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