Thanksgiving (and a little Norman Rockwell)

How many times have you thought of Thanksgiving and also thought of this ubiquitous painting by American artist Norman Rockwell?  (Not that anyone in the history of time ever had a Thanksgiving that looked like this, but we like to think that we do…)  Anyway, seeing this picture again reminded me of a a fascinating article I read last month in Vanity Fair about the interesting process that Norman Rockwell actually used to create his paintings.  Rockwell used staged photographs (and plenty of them) to create the look and feel he wanted for his finished portraits.

The article is based from information from a newly published book on Rockwell called Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera by Ron Schick.  The article and the book are both really a really interesting look into the creative process of one of our most overlooked artists.

Check it out – and happy Thanksgiving!

Vanity Fair: Norman Rockwell’s American Dream Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera by Ron Schick

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving (and a little Norman Rockwell)

  1. I had the pleaure of seeing this original and many of his other classic paintings at his studio/museum in Stockbridge, MA, many years ago. Very powerful, to say the least.

    I agree that he is very much overlooked and underrated by clown critics that dismiss his work with faint praise regarding his “technical prowess”. These are the same jaboneys who fall over themselves praising Pollock and Warhol to name a few.

    BTW, I like those guys just fine, but if one needs an MFA and a tortured academic thesis to justify their brilliant work it just might be that the emperor is naked.

    Thanks for the links!

  2. A genius, devalued in a very similar way to my most favourite artist Alphonse Mucha because both produced commercial work for publications. A sad facet of human nature is to value what they see by arbitrary labels, and fail so often to really see the brilliance that is before their eyes. Rockwell painted characters in a hyper real sense by slightly caricaturing them in a way that is still plausibly real.

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