Sunday, September 4, 2011

"The Runaway" by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was a painter who existed during the 1950's. One of his major paintings, "The Runaway", was created in 1958, and depicts a young boy-presumably the runaway-consulting with a policeman in a diner. There are many different interpretations of the painting's meaning, but there is one that can be mainly interpreted. The 1950's was a time of a rising rift in America that was important to many. This can be taken back to the painting, but not how one would think. Rockwell's "The Runaway" overlooks the fundamental rift that was rising in America throughout the 1950's-an emerging counter culture that was not concerned with how things were in America but rather how they are.

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