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Norman Rockwell

Hope in the New Year

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

2014 is going to be a good year. It's the year for reaping what we've so patiently sown. It's the year when our long-held dreams will be brought to fruition.

How Norman Rockwell Invented Christmas

Pia de Jong | Posted 02.23.2014 | Arts
Pia de Jong

It was Rockwell who, more than anyone, depicted America's difficult crises of depression, war, and recovery during the 1940s and 1950s as an idyllic, romantic period. That had everything to do with his discerning eye for the small, the ordinary -- not the heroic.

20 Things I Learned About Norman Rockwell From American Mirror, The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Roz Warren | Posted 02.15.2014 | Home
Roz Warren

He had difficulty expressing anger and was only seen to lose his temper three times, once when a man refused to sell the artist his hat for a large sum of money.

American Mirror: Deborah Soloman's Distorting Carnival Glass View of Norman Rockwell

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Home
Sherman Yellen

It is fitting that the cover of this biography shows Rockwell's painting of the town gossips; a group enjoying the relaying of news of a scandalous nature, a painting for which Ms. Solomon might well have modeled.

Why Thanksgiving Is My Least Favorite Holiday

Tammy Bleck | Posted 01.24.2014 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

To say that Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday would be the understatement of the year. I am clearly not a fan. I don't know how much of this attitude comes from my age (I'm over 40. Fine. I'm 60) and how much comes from experience and wisdom. I'm going to go with experience and wisdom here.

Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Turns 62 Today

Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts

On a day like today, American illustrator Norman Rockwell created "Saying Grace," capturing a Mennonite family praying in a bustling restaurant. Rock...

$1 Million Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen From NYC Storage Unit

Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts

A $1 million Norman Rockwell painting has been stolen from a storage unit in New York City, police reported this week. According to CBS News, the ...

Passionate Hearts Pining for The Presidio

Sally Fay | Posted 11.23.2013 | San Francisco
Sally Fay

The Presidio Trust is in charge of deciding which of the three proposals, if any, will break ground in the most beautiful urban national park in the world. There is great potential for amazing things to happen.

Exploring 20th Century Commercial Art in Illustrating Modern Life

Karin E. Baker | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Karin E. Baker

During the Golden Age of American Illustration, from the 1890s to the 1930s, advertisers and magazines commissioned the top artists of the day to create paintings, watercolors and sketches that were then used for cover art, advertising and magazine illustrations.

Discover Norman Rockwell as a Painter at American Chronicles

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell presents an opportunity for Crystal Bridges guests to really look at Rockwell as a painter, distinct from our knowledge of him as an image-maker or illustrator or commercial artist.

Escape to Santa Barbara, Malibu, and Oxnard

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.14.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

What would you say about a person who--in the matter of a few hours--would zoom in and out of three cities? In my case, Malibu, Oxnard and Santa Barbara... The only excuse for such a mad dash, of course, is the promise of a good exhibition further down the road.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Norman Rockwell

Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of famed 20th century painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell. Popular for his depictions of everyday American culture, the pro...

Dad, Do You Know Ruby Bridges?

Harold Ross | Posted 03.24.2013 | Black Voices
Harold Ross

I would have preferred my beautiful boy ask me a different question. Something like, "How did I get inside mommy's stomach when I was a baby?" As parent-child discussions go, Reproductive Biology is easier than race relations and the Civil Rights Movement.

Caution! Are You Skating on Thin Ice at Work?

Julie Kantor | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Julie Kantor

Sometimes you will fall. Sometime you need to fall and get back up. But months later you just might be sitting fireside with a glass of wine or iced coffee celebrating your new job or that great promotion you just got at work as someone who skates the extra mile.

Thanksgiving Thoughts on Freedom and America

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Most of us are probably familiar with Norman Rockwell's famous Thanksgiving painting. But few realize that it traces its inspiration to an address that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made to Congress on January 6, 1941.

What Photo Inspired This Iconic Painting?

Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts

Norman Rockwell's paintings often trigger nostalgia for simple, small town American life. But who were the people behind these iconic works of art? Th...

15 Iconic American Images

Posted 07.04.2012 | Arts

In honor of the 4th of July, we've put together a slideshow of the some of the most iconic images of American art. From Norman Rockwell to William H. ...

LeRoy Neiman -- The Artist Critics Love to Hate

Joan Gage | Posted 08.26.2012 | Fifty
Joan Gage

I'm not qualified to tell you if LeRoy Neiman was a "serious" artist or not, but I'm glad he managed to enjoy his art for 91 years and that the rest of us were able to enjoy it as well.

Thank Goodness the Holidays Are Over!!!

Tom Alderman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Tom Alderman

Just what is a happy family? Do you know what one actually looks like? Seems to be the whole concept is up for interpretation.

Alice Neel's Dysfunctional Thanksgiving

Julia Friedman | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
Julia Friedman

On a free afternoon during a recent lecture trip to Eugene, Oregon, I stopped by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art to see the traveling exhibition of...

Astoria Characters: The Kindred Spirit

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's Thanksgiving time, and Kim Parshley is getting ready to make her famous pumpkin pie. She wishes the recipe had been handed down from her grandmother. It wasn't; she was left to concoct it all by herself.

'Tis The Season Of Unrealistic Spousal Expectations

Darryl A. Cobbin | Posted 01.23.2012 | Weddings
Darryl A. Cobbin

Knowing what's important to one another, and making an honest effort to deliver, will go a long way towards mitigating the potential downside of any unrealistic expectations surrounding Thanksgiving.

Astoria Characters: The Pane-Air Painter

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

For three decades, Berch and his brushes have been beautifying Astoria, and for three decades, he's stayed pretty much behind the glass.

Obama's Rockwell Choice and Response Tell the Story

Mark Sawyer | Posted 10.28.2011 | Black Voices
Mark Sawyer

The white nationalism and racial narcissism embedded in the critique of Obama's use of the painting demonstrates both Obama's challenge and the challenge that remains for overcoming racial inequality in the 21st century.

Watch: Rockwell Civil Rights Painting Hung Outside Oval Office

Posted 10.25.2011 | Black Voices

A Norman Rockwell Painting, "The Problem We All Live With," which depicts a powerful image from the civil rights struggle, has been hung outside the o...