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PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT A NEW YORK CITY HOSPITAL

Norman Rockwell
WHAT A DIFFERENCE LIGHT MAKES! (YOUNG COUPLE SURPRISED BY YOUNG BROTHER) 
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PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT A NEW YORK CITY HOSPITAL

Norman Rockwell
WHAT A DIFFERENCE LIGHT MAKES! (YOUNG COUPLE SURPRISED BY YOUNG BROTHER) 
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,155,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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New York

Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
WHAT A DIFFERENCE LIGHT MAKES! (YOUNG COUPLE SURPRISED BY YOUNG BROTHER) 
signed Norman/Rockwell (lower right)
oil on canvas
40 by 28 inches
(101.6 by 71.1 cm)
Painted in 1920. 
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Provenance

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

Literature

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.

American Art

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New York