THIS IS THE BEST PRICE YOU WILL FIND ANYWHERE! Francis (Moe) and Joan Mahoney, the couple featured in Marriage License, were actually engaged and received this oil sketch from Norman Rockwell as a wedding gift. In 1983, the Mahoneys generously donated this piece to Norman Rockwell Museum.
Set in the town clerk's office just footsteps away from Rockwell's first Stockbridge studio on Main Street, Marriage License captures Rockwell's fascination with the somber wood-paneled interiors of his favorite seventeenth-century Dutch painters. Indeed, the building itself is fashioned after one pictured in Jan Vermeer's A Street in Delft. In keeping with the older style, Rockwell replaced an existing metal file cabinet in the left foreground with an old railroad station stove. His model for the town clerk had recently lost his wife, and the authenticity of his feelings adds power to the poignancy in this study of youth and old age.The works of Norman Rockwell, a well-known 20th Century American painter and illustrator, enjoyed a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is best known for his cover illustrations of every day life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post for four decades. He also created his work for the Boy Scouts of America, their publication Boys Life, calendars and other illustrations, including this wonderful illustration of a curious boy and a watchmaker.
The item "NORMAN ROCKWELL 1978 Signed Limited Edition Lithograph MARRIAGE LICENSE" is in sale since Friday, January 6, 2017. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints".The seller is "forgottentreasurez" and is located in Sherman Oaks, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.