Story of the Lost Battalion by Norman Rockwell
March 1, 1919 Issue of The Literary Digest
Story of the Lost Battalion, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Literary Digest published March 1, 1919.
An alternate title for this work is Soldier Telling War Story.
The Digest featured Rockwell art on its cover eight times in 1919 alone.
This painting was Rockwell's fourth picture featured on the cover of The Literary Digest.
The original oil on canvas painting, 25.5 x 23.5 inches or 65 x 60 cm, is part of the collection of a private collection.
This painting has also been reproduced in Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt on page 48.
Story of the Lost Battalion
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World War I was still not officially over at the time Norman Rockwell painted this cover. The fighting had stopped, but no formal peace declaration had yet been signed.
In this painting, we see a soldier and a sailor sitting on a park bench. A boy is standing behind them.
The soldier is telling a gripping war story. At his side is a package and his cane. Obviously, he was wounded in battle. He appears to be reliving a hand-to-hand battle, judging by his hands.
Story of the Lost Battalion was only one of 47 Norman Rockwell Literary Digest covers; here is the list of more Norman Rockwell Literary Digest scans.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The sailor seated on the bench is listening intently to the narrative. He probably has war stories to tell as well.
The boy is the most interesting character to me. The expression on his face shows his awe for the soldier's story. The boy is experiencing the war vicariously through the soldier.
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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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