This time last year I was lucky enough to see an original Norman Rockwell painting at the Society of Illustrators HQ in New York. I wasn’t expecting to see it hiding there behind the bar, but what better a treat (and better location) for an art appreciating bar fly?
With many of Rockwell’s originals now destroyed (due to a fire at his studio) or in private collections, (George Lucas & Steven Spielberg famously own originals) I thought my chances of seeing anymore of his work first hand were slim. That turned out not to the case thanks to the Dulwich Picture Gallery (and not forgetting their sponsors) who are currently holding the exhibition ‘Norman Rockwell’s America …In England’ until March 27th.
Featuring around 30 original pieces and all 332 Saturday Evening Post covers I can’t recommend this show enough. Below I’ve included some photos (taken on my mobile so apologies for the quality) that I managed to take before I was told off. I was hoping these might go someway to show just how detailed, sharp and vibrant the work is, but they really can’t do it justice. You’re just going to have to go and see them for yourself and while you’re there make sure you check out ‘The Runaway’, ‘Good For Another Generation’, ‘April Fools’, ‘Bridge Game’ and ‘Two Children Praying’. To say these are masterpieces is a given, but to witness them in front of you just leaves you aching to live in Norman Rockwell’s America.
P.S. The gallery have also put together a great book that covers all the work in the exhibition priced at £22 .