Originally created for the August 3, 1929 Saturday Evening Post cover, this twelve-color lithograph, measuring 26 by 34 inches, was hand proofed and printed at Atelier Ettinger in June of 1976. The edition consists of 320 impressions on papier d'Arches as follows: 200 numbered and 60 artist proofs signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 impressions, pencil signed and designated with Roman numerals, were reserved for the artist. 25 deluxe signed artist proofs were also printed on Inomachi Nacre (Japon) paper.
Norman Rockwell published over 300 original covers for the Saturday Evening Post from 1916 to 1963. He painted small town scenes and idyllic portraits for the Post, illustrating everyday life in America. Catching the Big One has captured a rural scene where a man and boy are catching fish together. Rockwell once said, "I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be and so painted only the ideal aspects of it... Only foxy grandpas who played ball with the kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the backyard." This title illustrates exactly those qualities of American life: an idyllic scene in which the simple moments are exalted.
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