The Dream Fulfilled, Where the Love Light Shines

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“It’s the holiday season of December 1945 in a small town somewhere in the United States,” says artist’s William S. Phillips. “The celebration is even more special this year because the war is finally over and the three genera-tions of the family I’ve been portraying in my previous paintings 'If Only in My Dreams' and 'A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True' are finally reunited for good.” The son, who has been fighting in the war, walks up the steps to his grandparents’ home with his fiancée, followed by the loyal dog that waited for him in "If Only in My Dreams" and rode with him on his way to propose marriage in "A Christmas Leave." The Beechcraft Staggerwing in the distance, the classiest of classic planes, found years of post-war service in civilian transport. William S. Phillips completes one pilot’s story in this seasonal, nostalgic painting from his American Homefront Series in which the change in mood and direction of the war is reflected at home as the series progresses.

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Height 15
Width 32
Limited Edition of 150
Published October 2010
Artist William S. Phillips


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