The phrase “just fell off the turnip truck” is an American saying that I had not heard growing up in the U.K. I looked it up and learned that the phrase was popularized by Johnny Carson in his Tonight Show monologues from the the 1960s through the 90s.
Regardless of how the phrase originated, it made for wonderful subject matter! Turnips are lovely root vegetables with a knobby shapes and pinky purple hues - a delight for any still life painter to tackle.
The composition of Just Fell off the Turnip Truck is designed to make the turnips the star of the show. The somber tones of the vintage toy truck and the background allow the front-lit veggies to practically glow - drawing the eye in and over the scene, ultimately landing on the poor turnip off that fell off the truck. Your gaze ends right at the punch line.
In the same way that Brits might not get the humor of this image, I find that another one of my prints, Old Truck with Leeks is unfamiliar to most of the Americans I meet. Apparently, leeks are not ubiquitous in American kitchens like they are in the UK; most Americans think the image has scallions in the truck bed - and “Old Truck with Scallions” doesn’t have quite the same ring.
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