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Title The Gossips
Type of Object (i.e. drawing, painting, etc.) Painting
Creator Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978)
Production Date 1948
Role of Creator Artist
Secondary Maker Curtis Publishing Company
Description The Gossips 1948
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

I look at my neighbors’ faces and I drool. Rembrandt would have gone wild with joy at them. They are a dying race. —Norman Rockwell

The Gossips cover was the most popular Rockwell Post cover in thirty-three years and sold the most magazines in five years. Rockwell had the idea for it twenty years earlier but he couldn’t quite get the ending until he thought to have the subject of the gossips (posed for by Rockwell) hear the story about himself at the end of the circle. Thousands of letters were sent to the Post asking what the gossip was they were passing along. An answer was never given. In an interview in December of 1948, Rockwell remembered that the woman who posed for the first lady in the picture, the one who had started the gossip, was still a little peeved at him. Not all of his subjects were critical. One model told a reporter, “It’s more fun posing for him than going to the movies. Norman keeps you in stitches with his funny stories.”

Oil on canvas
Painting for The Saturday Evening Post cover, March 6, 1948
Ken and Katharine Stuart Collection
Credit Line Private Collection
Measurement Description 33 x 31"
Media / Materials Description Oil on canvas
Bibliography Saturday Evening Post, The; March 6 1948
The Norman Rockwell Album; Rockwell, Norman; 1961; p.37
Norman Rockwell's America; Finch, Christopher; 1975; illus. 164
Norman Rockwell: Artist & Illustrator; Buechner, Thomas S; 1970; illus. 239
Norman Rockwell: America's Best-Loved Illustrator; 1997; cover
Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People; Hart Hennessey, Maureen, Knutson, Anne; 1999; p.171
Norman Rockwell; Ann Marling, Karal; 1997; p.87
Norman Rockwell 332 Magazine Covers; Finch, Christopher; 1979; p.3, p.9, p.31
Collection Non Collection
Subject Person (model) Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978)
Zimmer, George
Rockwell, Mary Rhodes (b.1907, d.1959)
Hall, Frank
McKee, Jenny
Crofut, Doris
Kregas, Dolores
Zimmer
Comar, Cordelia
Crofut, Rena
Harrington, Jessie
Vallie, Maud
Brush, Lester
Subject Category Gossiping/Communication/Activities/LoC TGM
Rumor/Communication/Activities/LoC TGM
Conversation/Communication/Activities/LoC TGM
City & town life/Manners & customs/Activities/LoC TGM
Self-portraits/Portraits/Pictures/LoC TGM
Pipes (Smoking)/Smoking paraphernalia/LoC TGM
Telephones/Communication devices/Equipment/Objects/LoC TGM
Signature/Marks Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell Definitive Catalog Number C441
System Identification Number 3184
Other Id C441
Other Id Notes Plate 19
Other Id Type Def Cat
Related Objects The Gossips (head study for first figure); Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978); 1948
The Gossips; Lithograph/Print; Circle Gallery
The Gossips; Drawing; Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978); 1948
The Gossips; Magazine/Publication; Curtis Publishing Company; Mar 06 1948
The Gossips; Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978); 1948
The Gossips; Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978); 1948
The Gossips; Drawing; Rockwell, Norman (b.1894, d.1978); 1948
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