Carrying On by Norman Rockwell
July 1, 1920 Issue of Life Magazine
Carrying On, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Life Magazine published July 1, 1920.
Alternate titles for this illustration are Veteran with Wife and Child and American Legion Number.
This was the nineteenth cover by Rockwell to appear on Life Magazine. A Rockwell painting appeared six times on Life magazine's cover in 1920 and twenty-eight times in all.
This painting was also reproduced and published in black and white in the December 8, 1927 issue of Life. That issue was the American Legion Number for 1927.
Rockwell's previous Life cover was the Boy Scouts Number. This month he treats us to the American Legion Number.
Here we see a World War One veteran and his family. One was the only World War at this time, and it was still fresh on people's minds.
This painting was only one of 28 Norman Rockwell Life magazine covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Life Magazine scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The way this composition is presented is interesting as well.
In the background, we see the veteran as a soldier in uniform, crouching and running, bayonet at the ready on the end of his rifle. Just over a year ago, that was his life during the war.
In the foreground, He is holding his child. He is smiling. His wife is holding onto his arm. Life is good, but that memory in the background is still with him. And it will be with him forever.
In the extreme background, we see the American Legion seal.
We are reminded of the sacrifice of the American serviceman, especially those who did not make it home to their families.
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