Meeting of the Minds

17”H X 12”W X 16¾”D • 75 LBS

A MAGNIFICENT BRONZE SCULPTURE

Meeting of the Minds
Artwork - Meeting of the Minds

An interaction between the older and younger generation coming together in joy over music. And not just any music, classical music as indicated by the cello. These two are not wealthy or even middle class society, her courtesy, his playing of the cello, has such a beautiful air of sophistication and dignity that all the minor details of their station in life is forgotten.

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Meeting of Minds or sometimes called Grandpa’s Little Ballerina was featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on February 3, 1923. This sweet portrayal of a grandfather playing cello for his granddaughter as she curtsies was one of Rockwell’s early magazine covers but already he was showing a realistic portrayal of American life.

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They are everyday characters who are not perfectly portrayed in a idealized way yet Rockwell manages to portray the ideal scene. An interaction between the older and younger generation coming together in joy over music. And not just any music, classical music as indicated by the cello. The grandfather is a little on the heavy side, his stool is scuffed up, his cello has a few dents and scratches on it.

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The little girl’s clothes are far from perfect with her stockings scrunched up, her bloomers peaking out under her short skirt, which she has definitely outgrown and have turned a greyish white, and her red jacket has a few holes in it. These two are not wealthy or even middle class society. They are representations of the majority of his audience who would read the Saturday Evening Post. But their scene together, her courtesy, his playing of the cello, has such a beautiful air of sophistication and dignity that all the minor details of their station in life is forgotten.

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Music has lifted them up. The title “Meeting of Minds” could also indicate this as music has given these two with a huge generational gap between them, an opportunity to bond. Rockwell has managed to create not an idealized scene but an ideal one.

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