Monday, 17 July 2006

Norman Rockwell in Texas

Norman Rockwell - The Problem We All Live With (1964) © 1964 Licensed by Norman Rockwell Licensing, Niles, Illinois
Oh you lucky Texans: a Norman Rockwell exhibition! The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is showing Norman Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With, until 1 November 2006. The title is taken from the above painting, which shows a pretty 6-year-old black girl looking very dignified between four US Marshals, who are escorting her to her new desegregated school to insure she arrives safely and is allowed entry. Note the word scrawled on the wall behind them. For decades Norman Rockwell's witty and socially aware paintings adorned the covers of Look Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. His cheerful patriotism may seem old-fashioned today, but it was spot on for World War II. Anyone who dismisses Rockwell as a mere illustrator is an idiot. He was one of the great artists of the 20th Century. If you're Texan, don't miss this exhibition. The rest of us must content ourselves with clicking the title link to visit Curtis Publishing: Rockwell Art Gallery.

4 Comments:

At 18/7/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

Norman Rockwell...well, rocks!

lucky Texans indeed.

 
At 18/7/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Glad you like him. Click the title link for a really good collection, decade by decade. Wondered where you'd got to. It must have been a long weekend.

 
At 19/7/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

Yes, busy at work, and a long weekend to relax. And now, busy at work again; but I'll try to visit! I've missed so much!

 
At 19/7/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Indeed. I never thought I'd be blogging so much, but the arts stories just keep coming....

 

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