Fool’s Gold


Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper,” 1948. Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” April 3, 1948. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN

With our two current exhibitions featuring the art of The Saturday Evening Post, it seems like the perfect time to look at a popular recurring feature that Norman Rockwell created for the venerable publication.  Rockwell created three April Fools’ Day illustrations for the Post during the 1940s, right after completing the monumental job that was The Four Freedoms. The artist obviously had fun constructing surreal images using his photorealistic style, and the magazine’s readers enjoyed playing the game of listing all of his jokes. Now it’s your turn, click on the image to the right to see a larger version.

Can you find all 57 “errors” in Rockwell’s Girl with Shopkeeper, from the April 3, 1948 cover of The Saturday Evening Post?

Click here for the answers!

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