The comparison between Norman Rockwell’s painting from another generation dealing with the subject of free speech and that of the video capture of Charlottean Harry Taylor standing up to tell George Bush that he should be ashamed of himself, really made the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I first saw it over on The Daily KOS. Norman Rockwell has always been one of my favorite artists, and I have always been astounded at his abilities both technically, and the way that he is able to put on canvas some immortal truths about humanity. The comparison between these pictures yesterday is proof of the timelessness of his work.
Rockwell was very prolific, so I was immediately interested in revisiting his works and digging around the internet for any other paintings that really stood out. I found quite a few that were remarkable, but there was one that really stood out for me. I thought it was amazing the way that he was able to capture the ages old expressions of fear and mischievousness as well as stubborn lack of remorse in children, knowing that they have been caught red-handed and in the wrong… Submitted for your approval is Rockwell’s “No Leaking”(digitally enhanced, of course):