Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

Girl in Spanish Costume

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Girl in Spanish Costume
signed 'Norman/Rockwell' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30 x 21 in. (76 x 53.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1930.
Samuel J. Freeman & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Martin H. Bury.
Christie's, New York, 5 December 1980, lot 154.
Private collection, Midwest.
Christie's, New York, 23 May 2001, lot 90.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. 2, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, pp. 1102-03, no. M37, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

Girl in Spanish Costume, painted in Norman Rockwell's signature descriptive style of finely drawn, clear realism with a wealth of fascinating detail, is among the numerous artistic achievements that established Rockwell as one of the best-known American painters of all time. Rockwell's descriptive painting style and ability to encapsulate the traditional and nearly universal values shared in the American experience contributed to his tremendous popularity and rendered him hugely successful both during his lifetime, and afterwards. Rockwell is remembered today not only for his illustrations in publications like the Saturday Evening Post and Literary Digest, but also for his depictions of the American experience.

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