Rockwell Video Minute: A Day in the Life of a Boy and a Girl

In 1952, Norman Rockwell used an unusual vignette composition to show an entire day of a boy’s life; three months later, he did the same for the day in the life of a girl.

Norman Rockwell's "A Day in the Life of a Boy" and "A Day in the Life of a Girl"
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  1. I have always loved N. Rockwell’s painting. As a young I would go with daddy to his part time night job where there was a pile of Saturday Evening Post mags. In would look at his painting for hours. Maybe that’s I love painting nad have become a good artist and a cartoonist. He painted what American was all about. sad things have changes so much and not for the better.

  2. I LOVE Sep and have for many years- My dad would buy it and I know I was reading it when I was in third grade for sure…and that was long ago!

  3. It’s good to know the behind-the-scenes stories of Rockwell (and other artists) Post covers. Both are excellent, and I didn’t see the one of the boy as ‘cartoonish’. If it was, boys are generally more that way anyhow, but the 2nd one of the girl I could see had the improvements he sought.

    I remember both ran several decades ago inside a really special issue of the Post along with some others on thicker framing paper. A bygone era of long ago, these paintings still remain relevant, enjoyable and fun to study. Both kids were good models, too!


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