"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms."
... a Norman Rockwell painting that is not excessively icky.
Norman Rockwell: Proud Possessor (1940)
From the NYT's slide show here. Article here.
You should go to the Rockwell Museum and see lots of non-icky
Most of Rockwell's narratives are clear. What's the story here? Do these kids know one another? Is the black kid asking for something? What's your take on the image?
@Anon:I'm sure you're right. I actually have seen some other stuff of his that doesn't make me reach for the insulin. Here, I was being a bit hyperbolic for effect in my post title -- in part because I didn't want people who have the same general impression of NR to click away as soon as they recognized the artist's style, without taking a closer look at this particular picture.@Terri:Agreed -- this picture is harder to be sure about, isn't it?My impression, purely from looking at the image without knowing anything about it, is that NR was making a comment about haves and have-nots in America, the unwillingness of the former to act to alleviate that problem, and probably also illustrating a larger point about race-based inequities of his day.
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