Norman Rockwell Painting Smackdown, Round 4
(Revisit Round 1, Round 2, the Interlude, Round 3A, and Round 3B)
Last week's lesson is that Jackson Pollock just isn't palatable, even in parodies: The Connoisseur put up a brave battle against The Tattoo Artist, but was beaten in the end. But you don't want to hear about that now that The Moment of Truth is upon us.
Remember that after you cast your final vote in our smackdown, your last chance to earn points for the "100+ Followers, 10+ Friends" Giveaway will be to link up a Locus Focus post this weekend.
Forgotten Facts about George Washington
I guess it really is Wild Card Month--and not just for Locus Focus. Our smackdown finalists are both wild card picks: one which would have made it into the original "No Swimming" Sixteen, had I not been so scrupulous about those boy scouts, and another which made it in entirely on its own merits. But there can only be one . . .
Right now you're probably thinking that I'm going to let this round be nice and straightforward for you. ROFLMAO!!! Not likely, when my own favourite Norman Rockwell EVER hasn't been featured yet.
When I saw this painting for the first time, ten years ago, it was Love at First Sight. The woman in this scene is the best "girl" Rockwell has ever done. I love the expression on her face: I think I've been trying to live up to it for the past decade. But only recently did I learn that Rockwell painted it at a time when women were still not able to sit on juries.
The only reason this painting has to sneak in now, at the very end, is that I couldn't find anything else to pair with it.
Okay, my cheesy friends . . . Your verdict?
Image Sources: a) Forgotten Facts about George Washington, b) The Runaway, c) The Jury Room