Norman Rockwell

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  1. Dino Lagaffe

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    I just wanted to post a picture by Norman Rockwell, one of my favorite artists. Today, Feb. 3, was his birthday.

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    Norman Rockwell's reputation has suffered in the art world from the perception of being an "illustrator" instead of an "artist." Personally, I like his work, and his idealized view of American family life are just fine with me. Contrast this to art critics' favorites like Jackson Pollock or Andy Warhol, and there's no doubt in my mind who the real "artist" is.
     
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    I like his work, too. He's a fantastic realist, and I look at his paintings appreciating that he's presenting a ton of ideals and aspirations, not making statements about a particular reality. Interesting combination: ideals and realistic painting style.
     
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    Thanks Dino. He's one of my favorites too. Though I grew up in the 1970's, I can certainly appreciate his work.

    I love Rockwell calendars. They are so beautiful and funny to. They often capture the "essence" of life in America, as it was, and in many ways, AS IT SHOULD BE. I'm old fashioned in that way and think that there are so many things about life/family life that never change, and are therefore timeless (for example I LOVE "Leave It to Beaver"!). Also, since I've seen a lot of rural America (Alabama and Texas), even though I've grown up in Houston/Austin, so many of these scenes are so familiar to me.

    He captures a certain innocence beautifully and illustrates life's simple pleasures very often with his work. I haven't seen one of his pictures that I did not like.

    What an eye and imagination! Here are a few I really like:
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    Let's add more here in this thread from time to time.
     
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    Rockwell described HIMSELF as an illustrator, a guy who did magazine covers. But if he was not an artist, then neither was Van Eyck and all the other illustrators of old (though they of course had the excuse that the camera did not yet exist.)
     
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    El D: good point: he really did focus on being an illustrator. I read his biography some years back, as well as a number of Saturday Evening Post histories. With SEP, it's important to bear in mind that the SEP was THE chief communications medium in American society through the teens to 30s, with a circulation of around 2 million (American pop under 100 m.). The editorial stance was Americana and oriented to small towns generally, and no doubt this affected the subject matter he was commissioned to portray.
     
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    Great points, everybody. It pretty much sums up why I really like his work. I also like the fact that the pictures are so accessible, it's so easy to imagine the "story" behind.

    Here are two other favorites of mine:


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    That's a very good point Dino L. You can imagine the "Story" behind the pictures can't you? Here are several more that I really like:

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    Rockwell Chronicled:

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