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Norman Rockwell
GOOD LAND!
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 262,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
21
Norman Rockwell
GOOD LAND!
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 262,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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New York

Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
GOOD LAND!
signed Norman/Rockwell (lower right)
oil on canvas
26 1/2 by 21 1/2 inches
(67.3 by 54.6 cm)
Painted in 1916.
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This work is included in the Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections/Online catalogue raisonné.

Provenance

The artist
Margaret Sultzer, New Rochelle, New York, circa 1920 (gift from the above)
By descent to the present owner

Literature

The National Sunday Magazine, Boston, Massachusetts, October 8, 1916, cover illustration

Catalogue Note

At twenty-one, Norman Rockwell and his family moved to New Rochelle, New York, a town whose residents included the renowned illustrators J.C. and Frank Leyendecker and Howard Chandler Christy. In New Rochelle, Rockwell rented a studio from Margaret Sultzer in the late 1910s. As a gesture of his gratitude for her hospitality and kindness, the young artist gifted her with the present work, which has since descended in her family.

This early example of Rockwell's work was published as the cover illustration for the October 8, 1916 edition of The National Sunday Magazine, a semi-monthly section of The Boston Sunday Globe. In Good Land!, he renders each component of the composition – from the golf clubs to the tennis racquet cover–with remarkable detail. Rockwell’s characteristic ability to capture emotion is simultaneously demonstrated in his depiction of the woman’s expressive reaction to the young boy's mischievous prank. The present work not only displays Rockwell’s sentimental sense of humor but also illustrates his quintessentially American aesthetic.

American Art

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New York