Lot 59
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Norman Rockwell

300,000 - 500,000 USD
1,155,000 USD
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  • Norman Rockwell
  • What a Difference Light Makes! (Young Couple Surprised by Young Brother) 
  • signed Norman/Rockwell (lower right)
  • oil on canvas


J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York
The Collection of Mrs. Charles W. Fribley, Jr.
Gift to the present owner from the above


The Saturday Evening Post, June 12, 1920, illustrated p. 61 
Mary Moline, Norman Rockwell Encyclopedia: A Chronological Catalogue of the Artist’s Work, 1910-1978, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1979, p. 168
Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: Catalogue Raisonné, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, vol. I, no. A253, p. 367, illustrated p. 366

Catalogue Note

Norman Rockwell painted What a Difference Light Makes! (Young Couple Surprised by Young Brother) in 1920 as an advertisement for Edison Mazda Lampworks. Over a period of seven years he created at least twenty full-color oils for this advertising campaign, which was one of his earliest and most successful. These ads were designed to emphasize the comfort of living that could be attained through electric lighting and reproduced predominantly in Ladies' Homer Journal and The Saturday Evening Post.