Talk:Freedom from Want (painting)

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A less severely cropped image?[edit]

Since the article is about the illustrated image, a less severely-cropped version, showing the family's full heads at least, would make a splendid improvement.--Wetman (talk) 08:13, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Some ideas for a little expansion[edit]

The guy who’s looking at us mischievously is inviting us to join the party [1]. The missing front edge of the table is also an implied invitation. [2] The cornucopia on the table is a well-known visual symbol of abundance (same source as the last one). The woman serving reaffirms traditional gender roles, which were somewhat threatened by so many having entered the workforce during the war. [3] Also affirms the comfort of Grandma’s cooking. [4]. The two little plates of gelatinized stuff are discussed here [5], demonstrating wartime thriftiness but also some degree of commercialization, since R. had done Jello work earlier. The painting helped to cement the turkey as a symbol of T-day (deer were actually the main dish in the Pilgrims’ day) [6]. (This source also mentions the probable turkey breed – Bronze (turkey)).

This I think is a little over the top and should definitely be attributed, but the author is respectable (Kenneth Bendiner) and so is the publisher. “Rockwell no doubt had paintings of the Last Supper in mind…” [7] David Brown (theologian) thinks religious gratitude is implicit here (by way of contrast with Solomon’s comment that the participants don’t look especially prayerful). [8]

It was shown at the Chicago Art Institute’s Art and Appetite exhibition, which opened November 2013 [9]. This reviewer calls it food porn. [10] Some interesting comments wrt to turkey breeding and turkey presentation in the article “Did Norman Rockwell ruin Thanksgiving turkey?” [11] and in this one [12]. Novickas (talk) 20:08, 19 January 2014 (UTC)


..."The nine adults"... Only eight adults are named. Who is the gentleman at the head of the table? (talk) 00:27, 27 November 2014 (UTC)


it's a positive approach to life's many trouble to appreciate how better we are today than we were yesterday. CBND (talk) 11:10, 14 July 2017 (UTC)