ArtThatFits Blog » Norman Rockwell: Painting the American Dream


triple-self-portrait-4512756On the heels of Independence Day, as I think of patriotism, family, communities and American art, Norman Rockwell and his iconic images have to fit in somewhere.

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Rockwell (1894-1978) created over 4,000 original works, 322 of which appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. He was an illustrator; a storyteller during what some might consider America’s heyday. Today, as we turn toward simpler times, refine our values and increase our quality of life, it’s time to revisit his nostalgic tales.

 In his own words: “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. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller.”

rockwell_runaway2-4575614 the-dugout-2333001 Many of his works were destroyed by fire and those that remain are in personal collections. However, 300 Saturday Evening Post covers along with 48 original paintings will be on exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) in New York from September 20, 2009 – January 3, 2010.

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Each element in Rockwell’s has specific significance. Every last book, vase and article of clothing was deliberately positioned, some for reasons known only to him. Oh, and if you think man’s best friend was exempt, think again…

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“If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy in it.”

Anne (37)

Filed under: Uncategorized on July 6th, 2009