Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Norman Rockwell greatly admired the work of other illustrators. The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge presents a regularly changing program of the work of other illustrators because it believes that one of the best ways to enjoy and understand an artist is through comparison and contrast with other artists. The visitor to the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge will currently find approximately 60 original works of art by Norman Rockwell on exhibit, including works from every decade of Rockwell’s career. Paintings on exhibit include rarely seen works from public and private collections, as well as many from the museum’s extensive permanent collection. Featured are an extraordinary selection of magazine cover illustrations, story illustrations, and art for advertising that reflects Norman Rockwell’s artistic evolution, from fledgling professional to masterful painter, draftsman and storyteller.
These include two outstanding magazine cover illustrations titled The Runaway, painted at distinctly different points in the artist’s career, that reflect a similar theme. Both the earlier image, painted for Look in 1922, and the study for the 1958 Saturday Evening Post cover are currently on view fine examples of Rockwell’s early and mature styles. The richly painted 1967 McCall’s story illustration, Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, offers a panoramic glimpse of the town that Rockwell called home for the last twenty-five years of his life. And beautifully conceived advertising illustrations like Market Day Special, painted for Sun maid in 1930, and The Engagement Ring, created for Sears & Roebuck in 1927, reflect the artist’s ability to convey a sense intimacy and grace within the confines of his more commercial assignments.
A gifted draftsman, painter and visual storyteller, Rockwell was meticulous about his craft and highly sought after for his detailed narrative images. He worked seven days a week to fulfill the assignments o…

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