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

Norman Rockwell Paints the Soda Jerk

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
Norman Rockwell Paints the Soda Jerk
signed with initials 'N/R' (lower right)
oil on board laid down on board
5 x 7 in. (12.7 x 17.8 cm.)
Painted in 1953.
The artist.
By descent to the present owner.
L.N. Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. II, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, p. 1011, no. P139, illustrated.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, The Norman Rockwell Museum, on loan.

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In this self-portrait, Norman Rockwell depicts himself painting Soda Jerk, which graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on August 22, 1953. Soda Jerk is now in the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, and is said to be inspired by Rockwell's son who worked as a soda jerk one summer during his youth.

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