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  • Norman Rockwell, Homecoming, 1924, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard M. Hollander, 1997.113

Norman Rockwell’s Homecoming was published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on September 24, 1924. He painted sentimental images of everyday life that people all over the country could enjoy. This illustration, of a working man returning from the Grand Hotel in New York, suggests that home and family are more important than success—or failure—in the big city. The man’s battered suitcase and disheveled clothes imply a rough and disappointing life, but his expression shows that the only thing he cares about at this moment is his dog. In this way, Rockwell emphasized his simple, nostalgic view of life as I would like it to be” (Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator, 1960).

Maybe as I grew up and found that the world wasn’t the perfectly pleasant place I had thought it to be I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn’t an ideal world, it should be and so painted only the ideal aspects of it.” Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator, 1960
22 3418 58 in. (57.847.4 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard M. Hollander

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Animal – dog
  • Dress – accessory – umbrella
  • Figure male – elderly – full length
  • Object – other – luggage
  • Dress – accessory – hat
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