This limited edition offset print entitled Shuffleton's Barbershop measures 28 X 26 inches and was hand signed by Norman Rockwell in the lower right corner in permanent marker. This depiction is very detailed and is in excellent condition.
Norman Rockwell painted this scene of his hometown barbershop in Arlington, Vt. for the April 29, 1950 issue of The Saturday Evening Post cover. Rob Shuffleton, the shop's owner posed with the fiddler in the back room. There are clues throughout the painting that reveal Shuffleton's character. Rockwell's greatest challenge with this piece was creating the glass window of the shop. The window puts the viewers outside and prevents them from engaging with the musical scene in the background. However, Rockwell draws viewers in by his use of light. When describing the importance lighting Rockwell wrote that "working from photographs has many advantages. There were details, accidents of light, which I'd missed when I'd been able to make only quick sketches of a setting. For example in Rob Shuffleton's barbershop in East Arlington, Vermont: where Rob hung his combs, his rusty old clippers, the way the light fell across the magazine rack, his moth-eaten push broom leaning against the display cases of candy and ammunition, the cracked leather seat of the barber chair with the stuffing poking through along the edges over the nickel-plated frame. A photograph catches all that." -Norman Rockwell, My Adventures as Illustrator
The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell print is accompanied by an Authenticity Certificate signed by our Museum Director, a complimentary one-year Museum family membership, and care and handling instructions for the print. Payment plans are available. All artist proof purchases contribute directly to the Norman Rockwell Museum to preserve and present the art and legacy of Norman Rockwell. Please contact us for more information at 413.931.2237 or 800.742.9450. Or Email: MDuffy@nrm.org
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