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American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

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The most comprehensive traveling retrospective to date of Norman Rockwell's long career, we caught up with American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell during its stay at the Detroit Institute of Arts (on view March 8-May 31, 2009). The exhibition consists of some 44 paintings, and 323 original Saturday Evening Post covers (also oil paintings) spanning Rockwell's 47-year association with that magazine.

Taken as a whole, it's evident that dismissing Norman Rockwell as "merely" an illustrator is foolish. He captured life in the United States through bad times (the Great Depression and World War II) and good (the idyllic 50s), and, with the onset of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, uncomfortable and unjust. He did this with an unsparing, albeit often-humorous eye and perfect technical skills. Please enjoy this sampling of his work.

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© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionThe Stay at Homes (Outward Bound), 1927© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionCheckers, 1928© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionSpeed Trap (Welcome to Elmville), 1929© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionArtist Facing Blank Canvas (Deadline), 1938
© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionA Scout is Helpful, 1939© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionGirl Reading the Post, 1941© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionFreedom of Speech, 1943© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionFreedom to Worship, 1943
© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionFreedom from Want, 1943© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionFreedom from Fear, 1943© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionMine America's Coal (Portrait of a Coal Miner), 1943© The Norman Rockwell Estate; used with permissionWar News, 1944
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