Polley voos Fransay by Norman Rockwell
November 22, 1917 Issue of Life Magazine
Polley voos Fransay, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Life Magazine published November 22, 1917.
An alternate title for this picture is Soldier Speaking to Little French Girl.
This was the fourth cover by Rockwell to appear on Life Magazine. A Rockwell illustration appeared on the Life magazine cover four times in 1917 and twenty-eight times in all.
The first Norman Rockwell Life cover, T'aint You was published on May 10, 1917 and the last cover,Girl Scouts Number on November 6 1924.
This painting also appeared on the cover of a pamphlet called The Fatherless Children of France in 1919.
The original oil on canvas painting is currently owned by a private collector.
This illustration is reproduced on page 38 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
Polley voos Fransay
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"Parley vous Francais?" the little girl is asking the American soldier.
Judging by the publication date of this issue, this soldier must have been one of the first American soldiers to arrive. America had barely entered the "Great War" in November 1917.
This girl has probably never seen an American soldier before now. She does not know which country he may be from. Then she notices the "US" on his hat and belt buckle.
Now she knows who he is. Still she asks "Parley vous Francais?"
This painting was only one of 28 Norman Rockwell Life magazine covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Life Magazine scans.
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The soldier responds with hand gestures. We still do not know if he speaks French or not.
I bet he will "Parley vous Francais" before his tour of France is concluded.
Latest news: You will be able to see this painting and others at the Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute from July 2, 2010 through January 2, 2011. This painting is from the collection of movie producer George Lucas. More details here.
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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