Home - by BigFurHat - February 3, 2012 - 21:30 America/New_York - 21 Comments
February 3rd, 1894 - November 8th, 1978
Chuck U Farley
February 3rd, 2012
Happy Birthday Mr. Rockwell. You brought much joy to many Americans.
Many dismiss Rockwell as a artist. I always considered him an inspiration. Most all his work always brings a smile, or a tear. Art should bring out emotion, and inspiration. That’s where Rockwell succeeds.
…and I thought his self-portrait was whimsical genius.
One of the 3 great “R”…Remington, Rockwell & Roget
making art that lives
Maudie N Mandeville
Ahh, I see he’s reading ‘Rules for Radicals’
I always liked Norman Rockwell’s paintings…which is something that a lot of pretentious art snobs would look down their long noses at me for… Feck ‘em… I’ve gone round and round with that art vs illustration argument… my stance is if you like it and can hang it on your wall, it’s art.
His art was ridiculed as being too commercial and maudlin by the “Art Community” of the day, but I bet Norman Rockwell’s images will still be respected in 200 years, while Picasso will be laughed at.
Thanks, Fur. Very nice post and reminder or a fine gentleman and artist.
The best exhibition I have ever seen was the Norman Rockwell show at the Tacoma Art Museum last year. I’m not sure if it’s still traveling or not…if it is and it’s in your area-GO!
I was happy for weeks after spending all day there looking and studying and generally being in total awe of his ability as an illustrator…and his love for America.
Someday, I’ll make it to his Stockbridge, Mass. museum if the libs will let me across the border. I have WA creds-they won’t suspect a thing.
Rockwell, rocks. )
Did he get an endowment from the feds or do they save that for crappy vile immature losers who think defecation products are highbrow?
Did he build the model ships as well?
We used to have a great civilization.
They hate him because he is happy and people like his work.
Here are some of my favorites. Nothing special, just Americana.
My Mom loves his work. Thanks for posting this, illustr8r!
I had a Rockwell book back when I was in my 20′s. I inspected every square inch of those amazing works of art.
Scout Sunday is next Sunday – LOVE all his Scouting artwork. It inspires boys still to strive for great things.
Love, love, love his studio!
Beautiful floors, high ceilings and great light.
Unsubsidized art !
We should celebrate people like Lincoln more often. The lib idiots controlling the classrooms & DC would rather subsidize crap art (literally) & crap people like OWS.
I’m new to IOTW. I don’t know if many of you have seen these before:
A painter named Jon McNaughton paints in a similar style to Rockwell & the “masters” from the earlier days of this country.
It’s nice to see someone still painting like this.
Boobie the Rocket Dog
February 4th, 2012
Rockwell used my cousin for a model for his Saturday Evening Post cover about the 1940 census. My mom saved that issue for years and just before he died she sent the cover to Mr. Rockwell for an autograph. He inscribed a very nice tribute on it along with the autograph and sent it back. Mom then had it framed and gave it to Brian, the cousin in the painting for his fiftieth birthday.
Brian is now 72 and still an actor (and closet conservative) in NYC.
I just hung up a poster of “Freedom of Speech” (also visible in the bottom pic) on my wall.
. . . And taped on an “Undefeated” (Sarah Palin) pin onto his jacket It just seemed to fit!
I love Rockwell’s work. As others commented, it brings me pleasure to see it. Pffft to the art snobs.
A true American classic. That’s art. Not this crap that my 4 yr old could make by puking on the carpet….
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