Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978): The Plumbers, oil painting

Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978): The Plumbers, oil painting

3/4/2021, 11:10:21 AM
Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978): The Plumbers, oil painting for the cover of Saturday Evening Post, June 2, 1951, oil on canvas, 51 x 24 cm (20 x 9.5 in), private collection In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us how much fun a job can be. The two fellows are working. But the only way to tell that is by looking at the tools they are carrying and only Rockwell would come up with a couple of working stiffs in a fancy boudoir? The homeowner is out for the day, but not the indignant, pink-bowed Pekingese. While crawling under dank sinks and unclogging who-knows-what is all well and good, why not have a little fun? “Here, Clyde, let me make you smell pretty!” Their faces and demeanor suggest that they are really having fun. The plumber squeezing the perfume on the other seems to be the boss of the two. He has the billing book in his back pocket. As usual, the details are terrific: The pinks in the wallpaper, waste basket and stool cushion all match and compliment the white curtains and carpet.. And, of course, the Pekingese watch dog is on duty to make sure that everything is left in its place when these two finish playing. These two guys were actual plumber acquaintances of the artist, and they were asked to bring along their gear. Who else would have friends who looked like Laurel and Hardy? (Saturday Evening Post)

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