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In Redeemed Belgium by Norman Rockwell

December 14, 1918 Issue of The Literary Digest


In Redeemed Belgium, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published December 14, 1918.

The alternate title for this work is Soldier Dining in European Home.

In Redeemed Belgium was Rockwell's third illustration appearing on The Literary Digest cover. By now, at age 20, he was already showing a good understanding of storytelling with a single picture. The Digest featured Rockwell on the cover three times in 1918.

Starting in 1918 with the first cover, Boy Showing Off Badges to the last, The Night Before Christmas in 1923, The Literary Digest featured Rockwell artwork on its cover a total of forty-seven times.

The location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.

This painting has also been reproduced in Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt on page 48.

In Redeemed Belgium

This scene shows Christmas dinner in 1918.

In October 1918, Germany requested a ceasefire and its allies rapidly followed. Though World War I was not officially over until seven months later, an air of peaceful optimism permeated the American consciousness.

Norman Rockwell reflected this optimism in this picture.

The painting shows two soldiers sharing their Christmas package with a Belgian family. We know it is Christmas time by both the December issue date and the Christmas tree on the table. The Christmas tree has United States, French and Belgian flags on it.

Both the soldiers and the Belgian family have smiles on their faces.

The children are so small that they are sitting with books under them in their chairs. While the dinner will be meager compared to a traditional Christmas feast, it will likely be the best meal the children remember. Wartime is not conducive to good nutrition...

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In Redeemed Belgium by Norman Rockwell from the December 14, 1918 issue of The Literary Digest

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