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Breaking Home Ties (Father and Son)
Additional Views:   enlarged   artist:   Norman ROCKWELL
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Breaking Home Ties (Father and Son)
The Saturday Evening Post -- September 25, 1954

Rockwell biographer Christopher Finch states, "It is, quite simply, a brilliant evocation of a moment charged with unforced sentiment."

Donald Stoltz, President of the Norman Rockwell Museum tells us that "both the father and the collie sense that things will never be the same."

Beautiful details in this painting: both the truck and the running board they're sitting on have seen better days; the inexpensive cardboard-like suitcase with the State U pennant; the boy holding his lunch probably fixed by his mother, who may have said her goodbye on the privacy of their porch; the father's dangling cigarette and the makings in his shirt pocket; the father's old hat in contrast to his son's new Stetson; the text books already studied with page markers sticking out; the red flag and red lantern to flag down the train; and finally, the sad collie resting his head on his master's knee.

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Breaking Home Ties (Father and Son)

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