In March 1972, Circle Gallery printed Spring Flowers. The lithograph measures 33 by 27 inches and the edition consists of 295 impressions. 200 were numbered and 60 were signed by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 prints were pencil signed and designated with roman numerals.
Spring Flowers was originally a 1969 illustration for McCall's. Rockwell was commissioned to paint a series of pictures of seasonal flowers, but he only completed the first. Spring Flowers appeared opposite a story on "Arranging the Flowers That Bloom in the Spring," which described ideas for flower selection and presentation. Since he painted it in December and January, the flowers were purchased from a florist.
Since Rockwell's wife, Molly, was an avid gardener Rockwell used her sunhat, gardening gloves, sneakers, and tools as props for the painting. Molly purchased new sneakers for the occasion, thinking her own too old, but Rockwell stained them with dirt and grass for a more authentic look. Rockwell portrays Molly's presence without painting her directly. It is a portrait of a woman who stays in touch with nature through the medium of her garden. Including the robin as a harbinger for spring was Molly's idea.
The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell prints 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 hand signed reproduction print 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