After meeting and then blogging about the artist Robert Bateman, I would like to talk about a favourite artist of mine — Norman Rockwell. I’ve loved and enjoyed his works for years. I’ve treasured the two collections “Norman Rockwell’s Faith of America” and “The Best of Norman Rockwell selected by Thomas Rockwell“. I have so many favourites and here are a few that I love,
- 02/20/1943 “Freedom of Speech” (We need more people to stand up against the powerful and idiotic politicians in Canada, U.S., Hong Kong, and many places around the world where we have the rights to freedom of speech. [Feb 3, 2010 update: Here is a video of me asking Canadian env minister jim prentice a question.])
- 08/22/1953 “Soda Jerk” (Rockwell’s son was the model for the Soda Jerk and the girl would later became his daughter-in-law. Nice match-making, papa Rockwell. (smile)) [Dec 26, 2009 update: high res painting and reference photo from this blog entry at nrm]
- 02/13/1960 “Triple Self-Portrait” (One of my favourite ties has this image)
- 09/02/1939 “Knuckles Down” (Just love this ass-kicking girl)
- 03/17/1956 “Happy Birthday, Miss Jones” (I thought of my wonderful high-school English teacher Ms. Sharon Shiffman every time I look at this picture.)
- 03/06/1954 “Girl at the Mirror” (Lovely)
- 05/25/1957 “After the Prom” (Sweet) [Dec 26, 2009 update: Here is the reference photo.]
Each picture is a short story. Sometimes powerful story, sometimes heart-warming story. Here are more blog entries tagged with Norman Rockwell.
It reminds me of Hemingway’s six-word story which I still shed a few tears everytime I read and think about it.
“For sale: baby shoes, never used.”
– Ernest Hemingway
March 18, 2007 update: I had no idea that Steven Spielberg is a longtime Rockwell collector until I read this article.