Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) Flowers in Tender Bloom/ Courting Couple/ Summer
from the Four Ages of Love
Portfolio, 1955 Calendar illustration for Brown and Bigelow, 1955 Media print lithography on paper
In 1977 Atelier Ettinger printed Flowers in Tender Bloom, an eleven-color lithograph a part of the Four Ages of Love portfolio. The edition, measuring 21 by 22 inches, consists of 260 impressions on papier d'Arches. 200 were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 impressions were signed and designated with roman numerals, and 25 deluxe artist proofs were printed on Inomachi Nacre (Japon) paper.
The Four Ages of Love Portfolio was originally used for the 1955 Brown and Bigelow Four Seasons calendar. When creating a calendar Rockwell "tried to make the poses of the people, as well as their action, symbolic of the season they represented. The frosty pep of the winter scene is repeated in the poses and actions of the figures; the spring scene is one of life and promise and the figures carry out the same idea of languor and warmth; the qualities emphasized in the poses of the figures for summer and autumn show the quiet and reflective manner of these seasons." -Norman Rockwell from Rockwell on Rockwell
Not only does this calendar reveal the nature of each of the four seasons, but it also represents the stages of love, from the budding of a new romance in springtime to courting to the reflective nature of a middle-aged couple, and finally, to the wisdom of old age.
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