English Edition Twentieth-century American society wittily and ironically portrayed by a great artist.
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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), one of the most popular American artists of the past century, has often been regarded as a simple illustrator and his work identified with the covers of the Saturday Evening Post. He is, instead, a total artist. An acute observer of human nature and talented storyteller, Rockwell captured America’s evolving society in small details and nuances, portraying scenes of the everyday life of ordinary people and presenting a personal and often idealised interpretation of the American identity. His images offered a reassuring visual haven in a period of epoch-making transformation that led to the birth of the modern American society. The art of Norman Rockwell entered the homes of millions of Americans for over fifty years, illustrating the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, World War II, and the 1950s and 1960s. His works mirror aspects of the life of average Americans with precise realism and often in a humorous light. • The book is realised in collaboration with the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge (Massachusetts). • All the original works are drawn from the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Danilo Eccher has been Director of GAM Galleria civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea of Turin since 2009. Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Provo Utah, Brigham Young University Museum of Art 19 November 2015 13 February 2016.