Norman Rockwell - Saying Grace  by Gandalf’s Gallery on Flickr.
In 1955, The Saturday Evening Post asked its readers to select their favourite cover painted by its most beloved artist, Norman Rockwell. By that year, the popularity of this American publication was enormous, due in large part to the highly original images Rockwell crafted for its cover on a regular basis. Between 1916 and 1963, Rockwell executed over 300 of these commissions, making him one of the most recognisable figures in American art for nearly three-fourths of a century. Despite the wide variety and large number of covers readers could choose from, the outcome of the survey proved decisive: 32 percent of the final vote went to Saying Grace, the quietly poignant image of a grandmother and her grandson praying over a meal in the diner of a train station. Painted in 1951, Saying Grace epitomises Rockwell’s classic iconography and stands among the greatest achievements of his celebrated career. Saying Grace appeared on the cover of The Post’s Thanksgiving issue on November 24, which quickly became one of the publication’s most popular issues, contributing to the iconic status this image has today.
[Sold for £46,085,000 at Sotheby’s, New York - Oil on canvas, 109.2 x 104.1 cm]