September 29, 2013
Norman Rockwell’s The Gossips (1948)

At the time he painted this, Rockwell was living in Arlington, Vermont. He heard that one of his neighbours was spreading a nasty rumour about him. This got him thinking about how gossip is passed from one person to another.
He started by using a few friends as models and by the time he was finished, many of the residents of his small town were included. He worried that some of the neighbors might be offended so he added his wife and himself to the composition. Mary Rockwell is the second and third face in the third row, talking on the phone. Norman is the gentleman wearing the gray felt hat in the bottom row

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Norman Rockwell’s The Gossips (1948)

At the time he painted this, Rockwell was living in Arlington, Vermont. He heard that one of his neighbours was spreading a nasty rumour about him. This got him thinking about how gossip is passed from one person to another.

He started by using a few friends as models and by the time he was finished, many of the residents of his small town were included. He worried that some of the neighbors might be offended so he added his wife and himself to the composition. Mary Rockwell is the second and third face in the third row, talking on the phone. Norman is the gentleman wearing the gray felt hat in the bottom row

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