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    NORMAN ROCKWELL (American 1894 - 1978)
    Unexpected Catch, Saturday Evening Post cover study, 1955
    Oil on board
    6 x 5 in.
    Signed lower right on an overmat
    This preliminary study was painted in preparation for a Saturday Evening Post cover titled Unexpected Catch. The finished cover appeared on the August 20, 1955 issue.

    According to Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post, The Later Years, 1943-1971, "This was to have been perhaps Norman's most controversial Saturday Evening Post cover; well at least it caused a mild storm of controversy. Many letters both pro and con were received by the Post and printed in the 'Letters to the Editor' department in follow-up issues. After these letters were compiled, the vote taken at press time was as follows: in poor taste, 11; obscene, 21; not obscene 245. If this cover by Norman Rockwell were considered obscene in any way, then the great masters Rubens and Goya should have been ashamed of themselves."

    This piece was signed in the lower right on an overmat, with an inscription that reads: "My best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schula, cordially, Norman Rockwell."

    PROVENANCE:
    Gift from the artist to the Schula family by descent to the present owners.


    Condition Report*: This piece has been matted and framed to an overall size of 22.5 x 22.5 in., and the art is in Excellent condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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