Thursday, February 01, 2007

Bringing Norman Rockwell Up To Date

May God bless Norman Rockwell. He gave us an insight into the way life was in the United States during the era in which he lived. One of his wonderful paintings was of a family holiday dinner. This was from a collection of works called The Four Freedoms. And the above work from 1943 is entitled Freedom From Want.

From a historical perspective, the United States was at war in 1943. Goods and food were being rationed. The common man, woman and child did without so those fighting in Europe and the Pacific could be supplied. And ironically Mr. Rockwell paints this wonderful image of Freedom from Want.

Fast forward to 2007 when gluttony and sloveness prevail in a country that has been given much and appreciated little. Perhaps Mr. Rockwell would have looked upon this typical family scene and captured this portrait.

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