In the present picture Rockwell employs his characteristic sense of humor to illustrate the moment the clock strikes midnight and the couple realizes their curfew has arrived. The smitten girl leans into her date’s embrace, while he stares at the cuckoo clock willing it to turn back time. Rockwell infuses the scene with rich details, such as the yellow carnation affixed to the young man’s lapel and blue floral wallpaper, transporting his viewer to a specific time and place. Courting Couple at Midnight demonstrates not only the full extent of the artist’s technical precision and masterful draftsmanship, but also his seemingly limitless imagination, making it a remarkable example of Rockwell’s ability to elevate simple everyday stories into the aesthetic realm.
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