Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Gossips

This is day nine of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Please join me as we share a month of reading, writing and discovery. Today's topic is Dishing the Dirt.


This painting is titled The Gossips and was painted by Norman Rockwell in 1948.
Image Source: Gandalf's Gallery
Norman Rockwell paints the perfect example of dishing the dirt, and it is my expectation that the first lady in the painting said something about the gentlemen in the green hat on the last row that made him a laughing stock. He seems mighty displeased with her.

Who is the woman and what is her relationship with him? And in the interest of continuing to dish the dirt, what did she say?


There is more about The Gossips here including some answers.

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7 comments:

  1. I love your take on it. Love Rockwell's work and with a little interesting thought behind this one! Wonder what she said. Maybe it was the truth, hence why he's so mad? I say that cause she doesn't seem to be backing down!

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    1. Thanks, P.J. When I googled dishing the dirt I found a blog on farming. Interesting, but not what I was after. So I googled gossip. When I saw this painting, I knew that was what I wanted to go with.

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  2. One of my favourite Rockwell paintings.. and partly a self-portrait. That's Norman, himself as the topic of the gossip. I love his humour.

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    1. Not only is Rockwell in there as the topic of the gossip, but his wife is also in the mix in the middle row, second and third person in that row.

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    2. Hilary, this was new to me, but it totally expresses the life of gossip. The expressions are great!

      Paul, I knew he was the gossip victim, but did not realize he wife was part of it. I'll have to take another look.

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  3. Do you know I have never seen this before? It is fascinating! I looked at each face... so clever... and so beautifully painted. And to see the start and end with the woman and the man. WAY cool. I am so glad I was introduced to this piece of work... thanks!

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    1. Katherine, I hadn't either, but I agree with you. It is very clever and he shows how gossip spreads and how people react to it whether they start it, spread it or are the subject.

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