pencil on paper
35.5 x 31 inches
signed and inscribed lower right
Private collection, Europe
Study for 1963 Calendar Illustration for the Boy Scouts of America for Brown & Bigelow Co.
Norman Rockwell began working with Brown & Bigelow in 1923 when he created an image for the first Boy Scout calendar. This calendar became one of his largest series of illustrations on a single theme. Under exclusive authorization from the Boy Scouts of America, Brown & Bigelow commissioned 50 paintings in this series through 1976. He painted more illustrations for Brown & Bigelow calendars than for any other medium except the Saturday Evening Post. Beginning in 1948, his series of “Four Seasons” illustrations featured four images each year following characters through a complete year of changing seasons. For over a half century Norman Rockwell recorded the history of America with a paintbrush giving us images of the special moments we cherish most in life. Today the appeal of his art endures because he was a master at capturing the humor and humanity of ordinary people engaged in everyday living. Norman Rockwell may very well be America’s most beloved and well-known artist.