Norman Rockwell Illustrator Author:Arthur L. Guptill (from dust jacket) "In a changing America some things change very little. A Thanksgiving dinner, a soldier's return from war, a father awaiting the birth of his child, a boy's first haircut...these are just a few of the aspects of American life that Norman Rockwell has chosen to depict. Norman Rockwell's first 'Saturday Evening Post' cover appea... more »red over half a century ago, in May of 1916, when the artist was just twenty-one. And with that cover began the career of one of the few living American artists whose name and work are both known and loved by millions of Americans.
"'Norman Rockwell Illustrator' was first published 25 years ago. Today it is a rare collector's volume and virtually unavailable. This new anniversary edition, published exactly as it first appeared, with all the fine color plates and fascinating marginal drawings created by Rockwell especially for this book, documents both the life and work of an artist who has portrayed the 'American man' - his dreams, his triumphs, his failures, pleasures and trials - with sure perfection and obvious affection.
"There is much to be seen and much to be enjoyed in these pages - a visit with Rockwell at his home and studio, a chance to see exactly how he created his famous 'Post' covers, and dozens of anecdotes told by the artist himself. All the many sides of Rockwell's art are described and documented: his portraits and unending search for the right model; the technical tricks he uses in painting; what paintings have given him the greatest professional satisfaction; the often unpredictable reactions of the American public to his 'Post' covers; his superb murals, calendars, advertisements, book and magazine illustrations.
"'Norman Rockwell Illustrator' contains 437 illustrations - 43 in color, plus 250 covers for the 'Saturday Evening Post' done over a period of thirty years - and offers a pictorial panorama of a growing and changing America. You will see his earliest covers and those he created during the years of World War II and after. The color illustrations include Rockwell's most famous works: The Four Freedoms, the April Fools' Day cover (in which he deliberately planted 45 mistakes), the Willie Gillis Series, a homecoming Marine, the charming charwoman, and many, many more.
"Now seventy-six years old, Mr. Rockwell lives and paints at his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In addition to being an active member of the faculty of the Famous Artists Schools in Westport, Connecticut, he gained new recognition with his moon-shot paintings, now in the Smithsonian Institution. Represented in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockwell has just recently been named 'Artist of the Year, 1969' by his colleagues of The Artists Guild of New York."« less