This is a limited edition print. 295 total prints of this kind were produced. A set of 200 were numbered; another set of 35 were numbed using Roman numerals. A set of 60 were unnumbered. All of the prints produced were signed in graphite by Norman Rockwell.
The Texan was originally used for the May 24, 1930 Saturday Evening Post cover. Rockwell was impressed by his model writing that "My model for this May 24th Movie Cowboy was Gary Cooper. He was already a very well-known actor at the time. He posed for me in Hollywood for three days and worked as conscientiously as any model I ever had. Everyone on the lot was crazy about him, and I could see why." -Norman Rockwell form Arthur L. Guptill's Norman Rockwell, Illustrator
In this image, Rockwell plays with the stereotype of the manly cowboy by showing a makeup artist putting lipstick on the actor Gary Cooper. The thickly painted canvas reinforces the theme of cosmetics, and highlights how magazines strived to glamorize movie stars for their covers.
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