Check out some of the fan mails, photos and covers at the end of “To Rockwell, With Love: Fan Mail and ‘The Saturday Evening Post’”.
What do you think? Boy or Girl?
Norman Rockwell (yes, Norman Rockwell) had many readers “in a whirl” after his cover illustration for the August 24, 1940 issue ofThe Saturday Evening Post was published. The oil on canvas painting (later titled Home From Camp) featured a young child in proper dress sitting amidst a collection of rough and worn outdoors items, including an old trunk, axe, backpack, flowers, and even live snake and turtle. However, this assortment of lively souvenirs is not what got most readers talking… it was whether the child pictured on the cover was a “he” or a “she!”
Some more wonderful videos here. Also check out the Norman Rockwell Museum website.
“Drawing Inspiration: Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge”- part 1, 2 & 3
Norman Rockwell: Illustrator in Chief- exhibition tour- part 1 & 2
Conserving Norman Rockwell’s “United Nations”
President Ronald Reagan on Norman Rockwell Museum
See my other Rockwell blog entries “Norman Rockwell’s American Dream” and “Norman Rockwell“. Plus these two media articles “Free Speech Personified – Norman Rockwell’s inspiring and enduring painting” and “Norman Rockwell’s Neighborhood“.
Since the late 80s, I’ve been in love with Norman Rockwell and the American Dreams he painted. So I had a lot of fun looking at the photos and reading “Norman Rockwell’s American Dream” in Vanity Fair.
I was delighted to find a few online videos about Rockwell from the Norman Rockwell Museum YouTube Channel.
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
The Four Freedoms, painted in 1943 during WWII, are my favourites, in particular “Freedom of Speech”.
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.
Quoting CBC’s Life and Times, Robert Bateman is “likely the wealthiest and certainly one of the most popular artists in Canada”. My better half and me were doing some Xmas shopping in a mall this past Sunday and we noticed this looooong line-up outside an art gallery. Well, you guessed it. Robert Bateman was there at the gallery meeting his fans and signing autographs.
While my better half went shopping, I went into the gallery to looking at some of Robert’s paintings. They were all wonderful and these two (this elephants and this polar bear) were my favourites. I wanted to talk to Robert but the line-up was just too long so I just stood close enough to hear him chat with his fans. (Robert sounded very nice and soft spoken.) I then went into the one big bookstore in the mall to try to pick up a Bateman book to get his autograph. But, ah, I wasn’t the first one to think of that idea as I was told that all Bateman books were SOLD OUT!
Well, actually there was one Bateman book left, it was the “Bateman: Deluxe Two-Volume Collector’s Edition” for $150. It was a bit too pricey for an impulse purchase. And I also felt wrong if I bought two copies and then just “eBay” a copy or both copies! So, here is my Robert Bateman story. (smile)
Speaking about arts. I will next talk about an artist that I love and enjoy very much — Norman Rockwell.