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Norman Rockwell
1894-1978
STUDY FOR 'CAN'T WAIT '
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 301,000 USD
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104
Norman Rockwell
1894-1978
STUDY FOR 'CAN'T WAIT '
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 301,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Norman Rockwell
1894-1978
STUDY FOR 'CAN'T WAIT '
signed Norman Rockwell, l.r. and inscribed My thanks and good wishes / to my favorite model / Hank Bergmans / sincerely / Norman Rockwell, l.c.
charcoal on paper
39 by 31 1/2 in.
(99.1 by 80.0 cm)
Executed in 1972.
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Provenance

Gift from the artist to the present owner

Literature

Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, vol. 1, no. A94d, p. 293, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Almost every year from 1925 through 1976, Norman Rockwell completed a painting for the annual Boy Scout calendar published by Brown & Bigelow.  By 1929, the Boy Scout calendar was the most popular in America, and it remained so for many years.

Rockwell often asked the local children of Stockbridge, Massachusetts to pose for his paintings. Hank Bergmans was one of Rockwell's favorite models, appearing in numerous advertisements. He was a willing model again for Can't Wait, Rockwell's painting for the 1972 Boy Scout calendar.  Asked what it was like to pose for Norman Rockwell he replied, "It made me feel terrific" (Susan Meyer, Norman Rockwell's People, New York, 1981, p. 202).

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