A genius at portraiture, Rockwell enjoyed capturing the interaction between young and old in his artwork. In this delightful scene, a grandfather and grandson share the joy and wonder of the telegraph—that revolutionary device that changed the face of communication forever. The elderly gentleman is dressed in business attire, and his face is lively and intelligent. His expression reflects the awesome nature of wireless communication that many of us feel today when trying to comprehend the internet. The boy’s excitement is as bright as his red sweater, and we know his future will be filled with incredible inventions that he and his grandfather can barely imagine.
Norman Rockwell’s profound and poignant visions captured the simple and most authentic face of America. As such, his art has become a lasting part of the American heritage. “Grandpa Listening In on the Wireless” is a worthy addition to Norman Rockwell’s Heritage collection.
Plate diameter measures 8.5 inches(21.5 cm).
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