Saturday, December 8

Norman Rockwell 8 ~ The Lure of the Sea



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The old salt and the boy gaze out into the past for one and the future for the other, their faithful dog beside them. As the caption says, " Norman Rockwell encompassed youth and age, innocence and wisdom, within the horizons of his art. His place was secure in his time: While values hold, he will belong to the future."

This painting reminds me of mr. kenju and our grandsons, for no one loves the ocean better than they. In fact, we can all sit by the seashore and gaze out into the waves for hours on end, be they calm or crashing. Norman Rockwell was able, more than almost any other American artist, to capture life as we know it.

14 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hi, Kenju! Michele sent me today! I don't think I've ever seen that Rockwell before, and your musings about it are great.

Thanks for a lovely visit!

Beverly said...

I don't think I've seen this one before either. Thank you for posting them.

I hope you're enjoying your days at home getting rested up.

scrappintwinmom said...

Hi Kenju!
I've never been a Rockwell fan, but I certainly appreciate your take on it.
Michele sent me!

Leah said...

Thanks Kenju for voting.

I love the water too and I'm sure such a painting will definitely trigger good memories for me like it did for me.

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OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

So very true, Judy....And he also gave great respect to age especially where youth was concerned....That grandparents are such an important part of the life of a child...And family. He certainly understood "the Family" in all it's various settings and situations....!

Peter said...

Hi Judy, the Rockwell's are wonderful, thanks for posting them.

Seamus said...

Rockwell had an amazing talent for catching essential moments of life - moments that many can relate to as well.
Hope your weekend is being good!

Carmi said...

Hi Judy. I've got to thank Michele for sending me your way this morning: Normal Rockwell's long been my icon of the arts, the one who perhaps more than anyone else was able to capture the essence of those real, simple moments that seem to mark the lives of ordinary folks.

It's a theme I carry through my life, my writing and my photography. This work of his, and your personal connection to it through your husband and grandsons, touches me.

Thanks for this.

Smiler said...

I think he captures life as we know it in the sense that his images carry universal messages. For me Rockwell brings me back to my childhood, and I'm sure he does for many other people too.

This particular image reminds me that I spent some of my childhood years living by the ocean, and how I took it for granted! And that if I'm lucky and all goes well, I'll be able to spend some of my later years by the ocean again. For a water baby like me, that would be pure joy.

poopie said...

Beautiful...I love the mood.

LZ Blogger said...

Judy ~ You hit the nail on the head when you said, "Norman Rockwell encompassed youth and age, innocence and wisdom" also in a time when those things amttered more to people that society seems to today. We've lost most of our innocence and it's a pity! ~ jb///

brendalove@gmail.com said...

I just want to know what the dog is thinking about.

Anonymous said...

I love your Norman Rockwell series! I don't think I had ever seen that picture. Wonderful!

Claude from Blogging in Paris

gemma said...

beautiful.....and very christmas. Love it....Michele sent me and I come here anyway...