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Homecoming GI Summary

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At the end of the war Rockwell shifted from the pleasantness found in the Gillis series to new serious and realistic tone establish in his homecoming illustrations. While completed in 1945 and containing similar content to Rockwell’s last depiction of Willie Gillis, when studied closely the work of Homecoming GI (figure 2), as argued in Alexander Nemerov essay Coming Home in 1945: Reading Robert Frost and Norman Rockwell, contains a much deeper meaning than just a sweet depiction of return. Homecoming GI was published on the cover of the May 26, 1945 Saturday Evening Post and illustrates a single young GI, with his back to the viewer looking on as a herd of family and loved ones run towards him with outstretched arms. Parents, siblings, girlfriends
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