ⓘ Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train

Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train

ⓘ Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train

Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train, also known as Travel Experience or Voyeur, is a painting by American illustrator Norman Rockwell. It was originally created by Rockwell for the August 12, 1944 cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Rockwell came up with the idea for the painting when traveling by train with servicemen and their families. The models posed for the reference photos in an unused rail car on a sidling of the Rutland Railway. Rockwell was displeased with the area around the head of the couple in his sketch that lead to the final painting and covered the area with an additional sheet of paper to get the couples pose right.

Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train depicts a crowded passenger train car. A young faceless couple can be seen cuddling in one of the seats; their heads are together and their legs are intertwined on top of some luggage in the seat directly in from of them. The mans Army Air Force jacket hangs above the couple. The focus point of the painting is a 6 year-old girl in the seat in front of the couple who is next to her mother. Unnoticed by the pair, a she is sitting on her knees watching them. She appears to be uninterested in the intimate moment. The arm of the conductor, with a ticket in hand, can be seen in the background. The "Dixie Cup" hat of a United States Navy Sailor and the hair of his partner can be seen in the seat behind the couple.

Popular art historian Christopher Finch found the painting to be a good example of Rockwells matured style and compared the painting to a Henri Cartier-Bresson photo. The pencil sketch for this painting is in the personal collection of George Lucas and was included in Steven Spielbergs and his 2010 show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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