Norman Rockwell, an American Classic in the Berkshires

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Stephanie McLaughlin

If any American artist couldfill an entire museum dedicated to only their work, of course it would be Norman Rockwell. The man produced 322 original covers for the Saturday Evening Post and that was just one chapter within his epic body of work.

The Norman Rockwell Museum was created with the help of the artist himself. He was a resident of Stockbridge and while he was still living, he allowed his work to begin to be collected for the purpose of establishing the museum.

The familiarity of Rockwell’s work is undeniable, but here’s a few things you may not have already known about him (thank you Wikipedia):

  • He was married three times, twice to teachers – apparently he had a type!
  • Some very famous names own original Rockwells – including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
  • He received his first paid illustration job at the age of 18.

You can learn more about this great American artist at the museum. It houses not only his drawings and paintings, but his supplies and tools of his trade as well. Collections of work by other artists come through too…as well as special events, workshops and more.

Their online shop of some of Rockwell’s favorite prints is also worth a virtual visit.

Another fun link for the browsing is the slideshow of popular images from the museum collection.

It is a rare treat to be able to enjoy an artist’s work in a setting that they themselves had a hand in the creation of…don’t miss the chance!

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