Skating Race by Norman Rockwell
February 28, 1920 Issue of The Country Gentleman
Skating Race, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published February 28, 1920.
The Country Gentleman was published by Curtis Publishing Company. Curtis Publishing also published The Saturday Evening Post.
This painting was the nineteenth Country Gentleman cover by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell illustrated thirty-five covers for The Country Gentleman starting in August 1917, the first Cousin Reginald cover, and continuing through April 1922.
With this painting, Norman Rockwell gives us another glimpse into the life of country children. This time we get to experience winter sports.
These two boys are skate racing. Whether they are on a small farm pond or a larger lake, we viewers does not know. The action takes place in late February so whichever it is will be frozen solidly.
This painting was only one of 34 Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Country Gentleman scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
Notice that the skates are strapped onto their boots, no fancy skates in the country.
The boy wearing the white sweater looks shorter and heavier than the boy wearing the gray sweater. He also appears to be working harder than the other boy. He almost looks like he is running with skates on, instead of skating naturally.
The boy wearing the gray sweater appears to have the lead in the race. He appears to hardly be sweating. He is smiling like he is toying with the other boy. This boy has a natural fluid skating stroke.
I predict that the boy in gray will win this race .
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