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Facts of Life
  • Norman Rockwell
    born: New York, New York, United States ; died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Facts of Life, circa 1950
  • cover design intended for the Saturday Evening Post
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 71 x 66 cm
    Canvas/Support: 27 15/16 x 26 in
  • Gift of Ben Hibbs, 1923 graduate-Journalism
  • Not on display
  • 1950.0010.04
Label Text

Scene of a father telling the "facts of life" to his son. The adult male is seated on the left. There is a cat laying behind the man on the seat and another cat below the chair. There is a book on the man's lap. The adult male is talking to a young boy who is also seated. The boy's hands are resting under his chin. There is a cat to the right of the boy and another cat on the back of the chair above the boy. The wallpaper in the background is brightly colored with roosters, chickens and baby chicks.