Lands of Enchantment (1923). Norman Rockwell. Oil on canvas. Collection of George Lucas. Cover for The Saturday Evening Post, November 10, 1923.
Work was featured in the 2011 Smithsonian American exhibition titled Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. George Lucas’ favorite, Lands of Enchantment, shows a youngster imagining himself as an armor-clad knight riding away with a beautiful girl. The point is not the boy reading, but how the book inspires the boy’s imagination, taking him, in idealized form, to another time and place.
“It’s a painting celebrating literature, the magic that happens when you read a story and the story comes alive for you,” notes Lucas.
—On Top Of The World
I’m feelin’ fine, smiling big, feelin’ right like I should
Life is better then good, ya, you got me singin’
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Whoa