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An American artist and painter (1894-1978)

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One of America's most beloved artists.

  • Sep 11, 2009
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I am by no stretch of the imagination an art afficianado.  Frankly, I have no eye for art and for the most part have precious little interest in the subject.  Yet since I was a child I have been fascinated by the work of Norman Rockwell.   What's not to like?  For 47 years Rockwell illustrations graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.  Rockwell had the uncanny ability to make ordinary situations seem extraordinary.  His paintings give us all a glimpse into what life in America was like during much of the last century.  He remains one of the most popular American painters of all-time.

Several years ago on a trip to Vermont my wife and I happened upon the Norman Rockwell Exhibit in Arlington, VT.  Seems that Norman spent a good many years living and working in this lovely little town.  While most of Rockwell's paintings and illustrations can be found at the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this cozy exhibit housed in an old church in Arlington.  When we visited about ten years ago some of the volunteer tour guides had actually been subjects for Rockwell paintings many decades earlier!   It was so neat to be able to talk with them about Rockwell.  Later that day we got to visit his home and studio a few miles down the road located near one of Vermont's picturesque covered bridges.  We hope to visit the Museum in Stockbrige this coming winter.  

Being a huge baseball fan I would have to say that my very favorite Norman Rockwell painting has to be "The Three Umpires" which is part of the permanent collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.   I have been fortunate to see this on a number of occasions.  It is just so darn realistic which is the prevailing theme in virtually all of Norman Rockwell's painting.  It is like looking out a window to the world.  If you have never taken the time to look at Norman Rockwell's work I urge you to do so.  Check out his work online and I guarantee you that you will be impressed.  Although the styles would surely change over the decades every era should be chronicled by an artist like Norman Rockwell.  Sadly, we are not likely to see the likes of him again.     Very highly recommended!  
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August 05, 2010
I absolutely love the work of Norman Rockwell! My husband and I went to his museum in the Berkshires when we were on our honeymoon and really enjoyed it :) There is a great coffee table book that I think you'd love, Norman Rockwell: A Classic Treasury reviewed by @CharlesAshbacher.
September 12, 2009
Hi.....I must agree with you on this and so glad you posted this review....high quality work here. I, too, fell in love with Rockwell when I was a kid. I'm absolutely fascinated with his work and always have been....so real, so in the moment.....I love the downhomness of it all....that's what attracts me. Years later, I remember seeing Rockwell on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. I'd love to vist that museum in Vermont you speak of here.
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Quick Tip by . September 11, 2009
I've always found Norman Rockwell's paintings so pleasant and humbling to view. Really shows another time.
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A Brief Biography

Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing
the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.

—Norman Rockwell

Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell always wanted to be an artist. At age 14, Rockwell enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art). Two years later, in 1910, he left high school to study art at The National Academy of Design. He soon transferred to The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman. Fogarty's instruction in illustration prepared Rockwell for his first commercial commissions. From Bridgman, Rockwell learned the technical skills on which he relied throughout his long career.

Rockwell found success early. He painted his first commission of four Christmas cards before his sixteenth birthday. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boys' Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and began a successful freelance career illustrating a variety of young people's publications.

At age 21, Rockwell's family moved to New Rochelle, New York, a community whose residents included such famous illustrators as J.C. and Frank Leyendecker and Howard Chandler Christy. There, Rockwell set up a studio with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe and produced work for such magazines as Life, Literary Digest, and Country Gentleman. In 1916, the 22-year-old Rockwell painted his first cover for ...

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Style: Illustration
Genre: Americana
Medium: Paintings
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