Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Another Visit With the Master

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AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, it’s always a good time to revisit the work of American illustrator and painter Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). Rockwell was a storyteller, and he chose poignant moments in American life to romanticize. He painted the old-time barber shop, the soldier home from war, the weary salesman, sports, popular culture, integration and racial issues, leaving the farm for college, holidays and so much that is lost to many younger people today. Take it in and savor it for what it is. It will make your eyes wider, your mind broader.


Melinda9 said...

I especially love the last one with the perfectly realized Jackson Pollack style painting. Or is it an exact copy? He was very witty.

Maureen said...

Amazing, never get tired of looking at his work.

Anonymous said...

can't help but like it.

Zed said...

Thank you for these, John. He was a consummate craftsman; it's such a visual pleasure to look at his works and soak up the light, the detail, and the mood. One can criticize Rockwell as being oversentimental and commercial, but his work in the 1960s -- like the pictures here of the art connoisseur and the black family moving in to the neighborhood, have an edge to them. And the picture here of the son and father waiting for the train that will take the son to university stands on its own with any painting, IMO. You're right; we all have a lot to learn from Rockwell

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