117 – The Art Critic

117 – The Art Critic

Norman Rockwell
c. 1955
Cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post (April 16, 1955)
Oil on canvas

Cultural Connections

The Art Critic features a “Rubenesque” portrait of a woman. The term describes the painting style of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens which is characterized by plump and fleshy, but not fat, female figures. Rubens’ Portrait of Isabella Brant, the artist’s first wife, inspired Rockwell who used his wife, Mary, as his model for this Post cover.

Portrait of Isabella Brant

Portrait of Isabella Brant by Peter Paul Reubens (1577-1640)

Rockwell posing his wife Mary for an Art Critic reference photo, 1955

Rockwell posing his wife Mary for an Art Critic reference photo, 1955