Norman Rockwell, ‘Santa on Train, Saturday Evening Post Cover’, 1940, The Illustrated Gallery
Norman Rockwell, ‘Santa on Train, Saturday Evening Post Cover’, 1940, The Illustrated Gallery

Framed 47.00" x 39.00"

Original Cover Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, December 28, 1940

At the heart of this touching and humorous Christmas work which appeared on the December 28, 1940 cover of THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, is the juxtaposition of the heads of the astonished boy holding a Drysdale package, the Drysdale poster of the store Santa in costume, and the drowsy man wearing the Santa pants and boots under his overcoat, obviously on his way home from work. Rockwell’s gift as a storyteller in pictures is displayed here at its best. The simple use of predominantly three colors – red, black and white, and the omission of any extraneous detail, add to the strength of this fine example of illustration art.

Signature: Signed Lower Right

Fort Lauderdale Museum of the Arts, Ford Lauderdale, Florida, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, February 11- March 5, 1972.

The Booklyn Museum, March- April 1972

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, May 26, 1972- July 23, 1972

McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, July 1972- August 1972

M.H De Yound Memorial Museum, Golden State Park, San Francisco, California, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, September 9, 1972- September 5, 1972.

Osaka, Japan, Hankyu Department Store, April 4-9, 1975.

The Saturday Evening Post, December 29, 1940, cover illustration.

A.L. Guptill, Norman Rockwell: Illustrator, New York, 1946, p.179, cover illustrated.

T.S. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator, New York, 1970, no. 529, illustrated.

T.S. Buechner, Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1972, p. 78, illustrated.

M. Hart Hennessey and A. Knutson, Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1999, p. 160, illustrated. C. Finch, Norman Rockwell’s America, New York, 1975, p.263, no. 338, illustrated.

N. Rockwell, Rockwell on Rockwell, New York, 1979, p.55, illustrated.

L.N Moffat, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 146-145, no. C387, illustrated.

J. Kirk, Christmas with Norman Rockwell, North Dighton, Massachusetts, 1990, p.77, illustrated.

K.A. Marling, Norman Rockwell, New York, 1997, pp. 58-59, illustrated.

C. Finch, Norman Rockwell: 332 Magazine Covers, New York, 2013, pp. 223 and 380, illustrated.

About Norman Rockwell

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.

American, 1894-1978, New York, New York, based in Stockbridge, Massachusetts