NORMAN ROCKWELL (American, 1894-1978). Portrait of a Woman in a Red Dress (Mrs. David Shapiro), c. 1960. Oil on canvas. ...
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Portrait of a Woman in a Red Dress (Mrs. David Shapiro), c. 1960
Oil on canvas
16 x 15 in.
Initialed lower right
In 1960 Norman Rockwell joined a group of artists in the Pine Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts studio of Peggy Worthington Best on Thursday mornings. According to Rockwell historian Laurie Norton Moffatt, "The purpose of the class was for him to experiment in loosening up his tight, detailed style in which he felt he had become too rigid," and she has further noted, "Some of the portraits were sold in a gallery shop at the studio. Many were given to the models who had posed during the session. The remainder are part of the Norman Rockwell Paintings Trust at the Old Corner House."
This work is reproduced as figure E31 on page 1061 of Norman Rockwell A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Moffatt.
From the Estate of Charles Martignette.
Condition Report*:This lot is in good condition with only normal wear commensurate with age. This piece is framed to an overall size of 20.75 x 19.75 in.
Rockwell, Norman:Rockwell's name has become synonymous with American illustration. From 1916 to 1963, he created hundreds of covers for "The Saturday Evening Post," many of which have become icons of American pop culture. He was also much in demand as an illustrator of corporate calendars. His method of composition for the original oil paintings that were the basis of the printed covers, was to make a loose sketch of the idea, then gather costumes, models, and props, make individual drawings of the parts, and then combine them into the final detailed work. Although his work had a great influence on creating an image of middle-class, conservative America, his work for "Look" magazine in the 1960's pursued subjects of that conflict-ridden decade, such as segregation. Throughout his long career, his work provides an excellent look into America's changing consciousness in the 20th century.
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