Follow Us

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
 

The Cummer's "Second Holiday" by Norman Rockwell

The Cummer Museum of Art & Garden describes the Rockwell painting "Second Holiday."

Published September 29, 2012 in Weekend Edition      1 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article




Another one of The Cummer's prominent pieces permanent collection is Second Holiday by Norman Rockwell.  Second Holiday is an example of one of Rockwell’s narrative illustrations. He created this illustration for a short story in American Magazine in 1939.

The short story takes place at a clinic in Minnesota, where an elderly couple sits in a waiting room. Avoiding eye contact, the man and woman sit side by side and stare into space as their arms intertwine. The couple thinks of their visit to the clinic as a “holiday” due to the fact that it is only their “second” time away from their hometown in decades. And, although the elderly woman is sick and dying, both the husband and the wife refuse to accept this reality in order to protect and support one other.

Norman Rockwell was born in New York in 1894. After graduating from art school in his home state, he immediately found work as an illustrator, creating works for magazine covers, business advertisements and calendars. Working with big-name companies led to a long, successful career and also provided Rockwell with a strong sense of social awareness.

Rockwell often illustrated the idea of the “American Life.” Because he was given so many commercial opportunities, his art reflected ideas and beliefs that could be widely received – ordinary people, ordinary lives, simple times, Americans and innocence.

Most importantly, his paintings and illustrations told stories.


 
Like The Cummer on Facebook

Follow The Cummer on Twitter







Share this article   digg   delicious   reddit   myspace   technorati   google   newsvine  

1 Comments

mbwright

November 26, 2012, 09:30:47 AM
Interesting to see the person holding the stethoscope, and the lit cigarette.  Is the explanation of the image from Rockwell, or just someone's interpretation?
View forum thread
Welcome Guest. You must be logged in to comment on this story.

What are the benefits of having a MetroJacksonville.com account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on stories that interest you.
  • Stay up to date on all of the latest issues affecting your neighborhood.
  • Create a network of friends working towards a better Jacksonville.
Register now
Already have an account? Login now to comment.