Saturday, August 18, 2007

Norman Rockwell Lives


Norman Rockwell (see here, too) is a name well known to Americans (and probably Canadians) but maybe not people from other countries. The premier illustrator of middle American life in the 20th Century, his work had sweetness, wit and an instantly recognizable style. He painted 323 covers of the old Saturday Evening Post, which is still around in some form. There are lots of examples in the first two links of this paragraph.

This image was cropped from a larger, unsuccessful photo of kids who won prizes at the Washington County Fair. I saw that hair, eyes and mouth line and it just said Rockwell. Some people think his work was really square but it also has a great deal of unselfconscious charm. This picture just happened to look like his style.

7 comments:

Steve Buser said...

You know, you're right.
--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

U "R" Us said...

Kid looks like a young me. Where's my Rockwellian portrait as a lad? Maybe I didn't make faces like that. Good eye/mind here though!

Strangetastes said...

You're right! Wonder what we can find in the deep archives?

NorthBayPhoto said...

Nice capture. I always liked Norman Rockwell images...something familiar and comfortable about them.

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Jilly said...

I love Norman Rockwell's work - great post.

Annie said...

A wholesome and charming young man.

soosha_q said...

Yeah, this definately says Rockwell. Know what just killed me? Rockwell prints in the ladies room at the Dixie truck stop. Such a dingy, disgusting place that held such pure art. It was an interesting contrast.

Can't wait to see Rockwellian photos of your boy from years past!!!