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Connections: Rockwell (1954) vs. McGinnis (1964)

Take a close look at the full-page picture of the female movie star in the magazine that Norman Rockwell’s Girl at Mirror has in her lap. Now look at the reflection of the woman in Robert McGinnis’s painting for the Carter Brown novel, The Never-Was Girl; see how McGinnis’s model seems to be using her hands as a cover to test how she would look with her hair done up like Rockwell’s movie star; also, simply compare the two faces. Coincidence? I doubt it…


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3 thoughts on “Connections: Rockwell (1954) vs. McGinnis (1964)

  1. Well, I won’t agree with you. Maybe McGinnis thought about the Norman Rockwell painting but there is equal chances for me that he did not.

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  2. Li-An writes: “Well, I won’t agree with you. Maybe McGinnis thought about the Norman Rockwell painting but there is equal chances for me that he did not.”

    That’s okay, Li-An. I don’t have any inside knowledge about what McGinnis was thinking when he created that painting, and in fact, a number of the “Connections” I’ve posted (e.g., Rockwell vs. McGinnis, Rubens and Brueghel vs. Moreau, etc.) are highly speculative, based purely on visual similarities of various kinds that for whatever reasons I find curious or compelling. Although I’m no online chatterbox myself, my intention, at times, is simply to try to provoke a response, to get readers to speak up, if only to disagree, as you have — although I have to say, “Maybe McGinnis thought about the Norman Rockwell painting” is my point exactly!

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