The Lord Loveth A Cheerful Giver by Norman Rockwell
November 8, 1917 Issue of Life Magazine
The Lord Loveth A Cheerful Giver, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Life Magazine published November 8, 1917.
An alternate title for this picture is Mother with Two Sons in Service.
This was the third 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 location of the original oil on canvas painting is unknown.
This illustration is reproduced on page 38 of Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt.
The Lord Loveth A Cheerful Giver
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In this painting, Norman Rockwell shows us a mother who has two sons going off to war.
The "Great War", World War One, was just beginning. Young American men were enlisting to go to Europe to fight. Inevitably, brothers would be signing up together.
Through luck or planning, this lady's sons are entering different branches of the armed services. This should be some small comfort to her. At least chances are better that one or maybe even both will come home after the war ends.
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One is enlisted as a sailor. One is serving as a soldier. Both will likely see action. Both will be in harm's way at some point during the conflict.
Over 100,000 American servicemen were killed during the "Great War" and over 200,000 wounded. Although the European countries suffered much greater casualties, that observation will be of little comfort to the families of American casualties.
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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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