Norman Rockwell - C or D?

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Recently flipping through a book of his work, I realized how much I love his paintings. My parents had prints in every house when I was growing up and I never paid much attention, but as an adult, they resonate pretty strongly with me. What sez the ILX?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 04:31 (thirteen years ago) link

D

abanana, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 04:42 (thirteen years ago) link

racist old codger with a heart of gold and a flair for inoffensive illustration projecting an exclusive and never-existent america for the welfare of the self-approving pseudo-lib.

(my parents have a bunch too)

remy bean, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 04:51 (thirteen years ago) link

"an exclusive and never-existent america"

Can we have a moratorium on this kind of talk at least until the people who actually lived during the time depicted in these paintings are no longer alive to swiftly and ably refute such groundless claims?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 05:23 (thirteen years ago) link

i dare you to find 3 Mexicans in NR paintings, excepting that self-conscious dribble he did for the UN.

remy bean, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:02 (thirteen years ago) link

oh wait, there's that one ruby bridges print.

remy bean, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Maybe he just didn't want to paint Mexicans.

Can we make this a S&D thread to avoid off topic political arguments?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Besides, it's pretty common knowledge that Rockwell was actually the opposite of a 'racist.' Hating on Rockwell is like hating on Fred Rogers or Winnie The Pooh, and just as boring.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 06:13 (thirteen years ago) link

he did a bunch of fairly powerful pictures depicting southern apartheid/the civil rights movement, IIRC.

J.D., Friday, 6 July 2007 02:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Like that one of Ruby Bridges print.

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 6 July 2007 02:59 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

he did a bunch of fairly powerful pictures depicting southern apartheid/the civil rights movement, IIRC.

― J.D., Thursday, July 5, 2007 7:49 PM (4 years ago)

Good article on this: http://www.pophistorydig.com/?p=9780

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:14 (nine years ago) link

Rockwell himself would later say of his change in subject matter: “For 47 years, I portrayed the best of all possible worlds – grandfathers, puppy dogs – things like that. That kind of stuff is dead now, and I think it’s about time.”

does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:16 (nine years ago) link

Vice President Dean Stockwell on the cover of the SEP.

http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/richard-nixon-by-norman-rockwell.jpg

pplains, Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:33 (nine years ago) link


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