The Golfer by Norman Rockwell


The Golfer by Norman Rockwell - ID: 117039

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– The oil on canvas by American painter Norman Rockwell
is entitled The Golfer
– Golf was quite popular in the 20s, and the work was
intended for a Saturday Evening Post
– Comical yet deemed slighty too impolite, the work was
never published as a cover
– Quintessential Rockwell, the piece displays a masterful
composition and Americana charm


Typical of Rockwell's work, The Golfer is a scene representative of its era. The game of golf, which had been introduced in the United States in the 1890s, had just begun to gain traction among middle-class Americans at the time of this painting's creation. Rockwell had composed another scene just a few years prior on the subject of a golfer, presenting a businessman sneaking out of his office early with his golf bag in tow.

It is likely that George Horace Lorimer, then editor of the Saturday Evening Post, approved a similar scene from the artist of a golfer on the green. Unfortunately for Rockwell, upon seeing his golfer, visibly frustrated and presumably cursing, Lorimer rejected it as a Post cover. Though an uncommon occurrence, this was not unheard of; as Rockwell once explained, “He never fidgeted over a decision or told me to leave the cover so that he could decide later whether or not to accept it. The first glance, its first impact was his criterion.” Seemingly quite tame and comical by today's standards, the work is a wonderful snapshot of a bygone age.

Rockwell tapped into the nostalgia of the American people and his ability to create visual stories that expressed the desires of a nation helped to clarify and, in a sense, create that nation's vision. While history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chose to fill his canvases with the small details and nuances of ordinary people in everyday life. Taken together, his many paintings capture the essence of the American spirit.

“I paint life as I would like it to be,” Rockwell once said. Mythical, idealistic, and innocent, his paintings evoke a longing for a time and place that existed in his rich imagination and in the hopes and aspirations of the nation.

This work is pictured in In Search of Norman Rockwell's America by K. Rivoli.




30" high x 24" wide


38" high x 32" wide

Alan Collinge
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St. Martins Channel Islands