Saturday, 16 April 2011

N is for .....Norman Rockwell

I have always loved the paintings of Norman Rockwell - there's such a wealth of detail and more than meets the eye!

Take, for instance, 'Girl with a Black Eye' - painted in 1953.
I'd like to know how she got that black eye in the first place? She looks mighty pleased with herself - but after a spell in the principal's office I think she'll change her tune!

This next one has so much going on I could look at it for hours.
It's called "April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper", painted in 1948. It has a whimsical air about it; just look at the 'doll' she's holding! There's an 'Alice Through the Looking-glass' quality - almost dreamlike, as everyday objects have something not quite 'normal' about them.

"Freedom of Speech", from 1943, has such finely painted characters, they almost seem to 'speak' from the page. I wonder what question the man was asking?

My absolute favourite is another 'single-frame' story - "The Runaway", 1958.
I wonder how far the would-be 'adventurer' managed to get? How long did the Police officer and diner proprietor spend convincing him it'd be better to go back home?

Rockwell's paintings capture a time gone by, a nostalgic portfolio of 'small town' America and simple values that, in today's world, seem to have been replaced with others a good deal less wholesome!


  1. Thanks for sharing these Sue. They are stunning. Look like photos. I will google him.

  2. I have always admired Norman Rockwell's paintings. These are wonderful to see again.

  3. I love, love, LOVE Norman Rockwell's work, Sue. I'd say we are two of his bigggest fans, for sure. Good choices. I never get tired of looking at his paintings.

  4. My favorite was the two kids in the soda shoppe.

  5. I can remember when his paintings were on the cover of Saturday Evening Post. I loved them then because they were such an honest commentary of life. I still love them but now there's a whiff of nostalgia, too.

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  7. I am truly in love with Norman Rockwell's work. "The Runaway" is one of my favorites.

  8. I can't begin to tell you how many times that was me...and no, I never changed my mind.