As both an artist and lover of fine art, I thought I’d share this wonderful painting by Normal Rockwell with you on this fine Thanksgiving holiday. As you probably know, Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of The Saturday Evening Post over nearly five decades.
“Saying Grace” by Norman Rockwell
“Saying Grace” was painted for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post’s November 24, 1951 Thanksgiving issue. Known as one of his most famous paintings, “Saying Grace” sold for a whopping $46 million by Sotheby’s in December of 2013. Rockwell was paid $3,500 for his painting, the equivalent of around $31,000 in today’s world. Not a bad price for a painting, by any means. It was inspired by a post reader’s observance of a family praying at the table in a restaurant – a testimony of our nation’s beautiful heritage of Thanksgiving.
A little Thanksgiving history…
Since 1940, the Thanksgiving holiday has been celebrated in the US on the fourth Thursday of November. Of course, the holiday pre-dates our current calendar designation by hundreds of years. The first nationwide celebration of Thanksgiving was established by our first president, George Washington when he proclaimed Thanksgiving to be, “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.”
It is my prayer for all of us that we would be safe and truly thankful for all of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us during this festive holiday season!