Fight on a Cliff by Norman Rockwell
March 1914 Issue of Boys' Life
Fight on a Cliff, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Boys' Life published March 1914.
This event marked Rockwell's seventh cover publication.
Before the Boy Scouts magazine published this painting on its cover, readers had become familiar with him through his article and story illustrations.
Rockwell had been the art director of Boys' Life since 1913. This was the 18 year old Rockwell's first job with a magazine.
Boys' Life was a fairly new publication at this time. The first issue was published in 1911. No doubt, part of its early success was due to its fine young art director.
Fight on a Cliff
This month Rockwell treats us to an action scene. After the previous two months of winter scenes (Brrr), we receive a change of pace with this fight scene.
This painting was only one of 55 Norman Rockwell Boys' Life covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Boys' Life covers, advertisements and story illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Here wee see two cowboys fighting at the edge of a cliff. We do not know who is the good guy or bad guy. We do not know where or why the fight started. The fight has progressed dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. One of the combatants is only one step backward from being in the valley below. His hat is already on its way over the edge, having been knocked off his head.
His pistol is still holstered. He has no free hand to draw it.
Norman Rockwell painted the scenery in the background to convey how big a drop such a fall would be. The river in the valley looks very far below.
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