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    Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)
    Girl with Black Eye (The Shiner), The Saturday Evening Post cover study, 1953
    Oil on photographic paper laid on panel
    10-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches (27.3 x 24.8 cm) (image)
    Signed lower right: Norman / Rockwell

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION




    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, North Carolina;
    By descent to the present owner.

    LITERATURE:
    L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, Vol. 1, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 194-95, no. C466a, illustrated.

    The term "Rockwellian" has been used to denote a world teeming with harmony in familial relationships, patriotism, optimism, and a general feeling that all is well. In Norman Rockwell's world, children grow up before our eyes-still disobeying rules, grappling with social pressures, and struggling with their evolution to adulthood. One of Norman Rockwell's most recognizable works, Girl with Black Eye (The Shiner) is an iconic example of the artist's career-long fascination with the theme of childhood.

    According to Deborah Solomon, "In the weeks following his mother's death, Rockwell completed a memorable Post cover, The Shiner, which stands with Rosie the Riveter as an enchanting representation of female strength. It shows a girl with red braids and a black eye sitting in a school corridor, outside the principal's office. You assume she is about to be reprimanded and possibly suspended for an infraction, perhaps a fight with a boy. Nonetheless, she smiles defiantly and occupies the center of the painting with the pluck and sturdiness of a true heroine" (American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, New York, 2013, p. 280).

    The present work is a study for the May 23rd, 1953 cover of The Saturday Evening Post. The final version of this painting is part of the permanent collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

    For more information on The Shiner, please refer to: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/05/11/art-entertainment/norman-rockwell-art-entertainment/rockwell-video-minute-shiner.html





    Condition Report*: photographic paper measures 11.625 x 10.375 inches and is laid down to panel measuring 14.625 x 13.75 inches; vestiges of old adhesive along extreme edges of image; a few areas of very minor craquelure; under UV light, there appears to be inpaint along left edge; two thin lines of vertical inpaint extending throughout image following the lines of door lintel. Framed Dimensions 19.5 X 19 Inches
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