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Art's painting collection of Ludmila

Art's painting collection of Ludmila

Friday, June 7, 2013

Norman Rockwell - America's Most Beloved Painter

"I call myself an illustrator but I am not an illustrator. Instead, I paint storytelling pictures which are quite popular but unfashionable." "Unfashionable" was a misnomer; his works were in fact very popular. He was extremely sensitive to the way the art world as well as the public judged him. "No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all of his talent, all of his feeling into them. If illustration is not considered art, then that is something that we have brought upon ourselves by not considering ourselves artists. I believe that we should say, "I am not just an illustrator, I am an artist." - Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell - Triple Self Portrait, 1960

The Problem We All Live With
Since his work is categorized as illustration and was most famously featured on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, fine art critics were slow to acknowledge the importance of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) as true artist, though his work was enormously popular during his lifetime and has endured as a crucial element in America's perception of itself in the 20th century. Through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the 1950s and 60s, Rockwell illustrations were a part of daily life, showing, as he once said, "the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. "Norman Rockwell was one of the most prolific and well-known of American artists. During his 47-year career as a painter and illustrator, he depicted people and situations from everyday life. By his death in 1978, his work was familiar to millions of people, and remains iconic today.
Before the shot
The Discovery
Girl with Black Eye
Shadow Artist
The Catch
Fishing Trip, They'll Be Coming Back Next Week
The Gossips by Normal Rockwell
"A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter."

The Watchmaker of Switzerland
The Art Critic
Girl at Mirror
The Runaway
Girl with Shopkeeper
No Swimming
After the Prom
Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon
Election Day
 Girl Reading the Post
The Facts of Life
Top Hat and Tails

Day in the Life of a Little Girl

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