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For decades Norman Rockwell was America's favorite popular artist. His illustrations for magazine covers and posters captured the best, funniest and most poignant moments in American life.

by Tom Brosnahan
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The world's largest permanent collection of paintings and illustrations by illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is at the Norman Rockwell Museum just outside of Stockbridge MA (map).

Norman Rockwell wanted to be an artist from an early age, and began his artistic studies at the age of 14. While still a teenager, he became the art director of Boys' Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1916, at the age of 22, he painted his first picture to appear on the cover of the popular Saturday Evening Post magazine. An amazing 321 of his illustrations appeared on the cover of the Post over the next 47 years.

Married in 1930 to Mary Barstow—his second marriage— Rockwell and his wife started a family. The couple and their three sons moved to the small town of Arlington VT, north of Bennington VT, in 1939.

In 1943 a disastrous fire destroyed Rockwell's studio and many of his works. Ten years later, he and his family moved to Stockbridge MA, where he lived and worked until his death in 1978.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is set in 36 acres of green, rolling lawns fringed with forest about 2 miles west of Stockbridge. For more, see the Norman Rockwell Museum website.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road (MA Route 183; map)
Stockbridge MA 01262
Tel: 413-298-4100

(The Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont, in Rutland VT, is another place to see the artist's work. More...)


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Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

The Norman Rockwell Museum
in Stockbridge MA.

 

 

 

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