In this painting, the protagonist of Chained Lightning, Maurice Belville, is unceremoniously introduced to his hosts, the Terrazas family. Having only a short distance to travel, young Luis Terrazas convinces Maurice to mount a mustang that is–according to Luis–quite gentle. But Luis’s practical joke spins out of control, and the caption reads: “Three times that gentle mustang bucked, and Belville felt that his ears were bursting. Then Luis plunged his spurs in deep and that mustang started… Somehow they managed to keep on the animal’s back, but how they could never satisfactorily explain to each other.”
By 1908, when he was just 14, Norman Rockwell had transferred from regular school to the Chase Art School in New York City. From there, he studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students’ League under the tutelage of Bridgman and DuMond. Rockwell’s earliest steady work in illustration came from Boys’ Life and St. Nicholas and included the billowing, moody, grisaille oils for Taber’s Chained Lightning which proved to be an excellent portfolio for the young artist and led directly to his association with The Saturday Evening Post. And the rest, as they say, is history.
In excellent condition. No apparent evidence of inpaint under UV light. No problems to note.
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