"Rockwell was a true master at telling a story in one frame." (George Lucas)
One dog is holding up twenty people. A truck is making its way through an alleyway when a bulldog jumps out in front of it. Everyone directs their attention towards the hound: "the artist's pointed brush, a window washer's downward glance, the pet owner's distraught expression on the balcony, a bicyclist and postman on standby, neighbourhood kids facing forward and the delayed driver's urgent pleas..." Even a cat has stops to watch the canine commotion, accompanied by a pigeon on the clothesline.
Norman Rockwell had only a moment to catch the public's attention with his artwork on the cover of magazines. As George Lucas said, "Rockwell was a true master at telling a story in one frame." He brought new meaning to the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words." With each stroke of a brush, Rockwell's story unfolded. Roadblock appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on July 9, 1949.