"Study for 'Four Sporting Boys: Basketball' Brown & Bigelow Calendar"   Lot no. 3034

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By Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

1951 (Estimated)
20 1/8" x 16"
oil and pencil on canvas
signed and inscribed 'my best wishes/to my good friend/Hugo Mugnaini,/since
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This piece is a study for the winter image of a 1951 Brown & Bigelow "Four Seasons" calendar.


L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. I, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, p. 309, no. A124A.

 

Norman Rockwell is arguably the best painter of expressive attitudes.  The three tall skinny boys contrast tellingly with the short solid boy.  While they point one way, he points the other way, determined to stonewall them.  In this inscribed comprehensive study for the 1951 Winter Brown & Bigelow calendar, Rockwell uses gesture and a touch of caricature to capture the essence of youth and create what might be called the comedy of contrast.

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