Most Popular Art and Cover Galleries of 2016

The Saturday Evening Post’s art and covers can be beautiful, hilarious, or thought-provoking, but they are always popular! Here are the ten most viewed cover and art galleries in 2016.


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1. Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

Freedom from Want
Norman Rockwell
March 6, 1943

Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech delivered to Congress on the eve of World War II, Norman Rockwell created four paintings depicting simple family scenes, illustrating freedoms Americans often take for granted.

2. Classic Covers: Thanksgiving 

A Thankful Mother
Norman Rockwell
November 24, 1945

Norman Rockwell and his mentor, J. C. Leyendecker, not only created more Post covers than any other artists, but also helped shape the way Americans think about Thanksgiving.

3. Rockwell—1940s

Rosie the Riveter
Norman Rockwell

This gallery displays all of Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers from the 1940s, one of his most prolific—and most loved—periods. It is, of course, replete with illustrations from World War II, including this iconic picture of Rosie the Riveter.

4. Rockwell Paints Rockwell

Blank Canvas
Norman Rockwell
October 8, 1938

How often did Norman Rockwell show up in his own art? You’d be surprised!

5. Rockwell1930s

ExhilarationNorman RockwellJuly 13, 1935© SEPS.
Norman Rockwell
July 13, 1935

Norman Rockwell’s Post covers from the ‘30s feature a wide array of characters—from children to movie stars, from the worldly to the working-class. Throughout this decade, he painted 69 covers for the magazine.

6. Rockwell1950s

Boy looking over doctors credentials
Before the Shot
Norman Rockwell
March 15,1958

Rockwell painted some of his best known covers in the 1950s, including “Before the Shot,” (above), “Shiner,” and “Runaway.”

7. J. C. Leyendecker Gallery

Football Hero
J.C. Leyendecker
November 4, 1933

J. C. Leyendecker was one of the most popular and prolific cover artists for the Post. Norman Rockwell at one time considered Leyendecker his primary mentor, as he heavily influenced Rockwell’s early style and was a true master illustrator of the 20th century.

8. Rockwell—1960s

JFK Gallery © SEPS
John F. Kennedy
Norman Rockwell
December 14, 1963

This was the last decade that Rockwell painted covers for the Post, including a number of elegant portraits of Kennedy, Nixon, and Nehru.

9. Rockwell’s School Teachers

Happy Birthday, Miss JonesMarch 17, 1956
Happy Birthday, Miss Jones
Norman Rockwell
March 17, 1956

“Happy Birthday, Miss Jones” is a Rockwell classic, but it wasn’t without reader complaints. Diana Denny reviews the many portraits of teachers that Rockwell painted.

10. John Falter Gallery

John Falter August 6, 1955
Eighteenth Hole
John Falter
August 6, 1955

John Falter created 129 Post covers over the course of his career. Much like Norman Rockwell, his works are simple observations of everyday American life.

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  1. I was captivated by Rockwell’s covers on the Saturday Evening Post throughout the 1950s, and it was at this time that I formed my impressions of the United States and developed a deep longing one day experience a Rockwell America for myself.

  2. Norman Rockwell is my favorite American artist. His paintings capture you and steal your heart.


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