Norman Rockwell’s illustrations are a mirror into Americana. For more than forty years, Rockwell painted for The Saturday Evening Post – 322 of which were featured on the cover. This venture gave him mass popularity. In his lifetime, Rockwell produced over 4,000 original pieces. Today Rockwell’s work often invokes nostalgic feelings of times gone by.
How did he create such detailed paintings? In the beginning of his career, Rockwell had people come as models for his illustrations. As his work grew more detailed it required a different method- a camera. Rockwell began to careful stage photo shoots. “There were details, accidents of light, which I’d missed when I’d been able to make only quick sketches of a setting,” Rockwell once remarked. “A photograph catches all that.”
Christine Roberts, “Norman Rockwell used richly-detailed photographs as reference for his iconic illustration,” New York Daily News, October 10, 2012.
David Kamp, “Norman Rockwell’s American Dream“, Vanity Fair, November 2009.
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