Norman Rockwell: American Imagist

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NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND — The National Museum of American Illustration presents Norman Rockwell: American Imagist, the first Norman Rockwell exhibition ever to be shown in Rhode Island. The remarkable collection of selected art – including more than 60 original paintings, drawings and studies – spans six decades of the artist’s career.

Norman Rockwell. The Runaway Boy and Clown. 1922. © 2009 National Museum of American Illustration™ Newport RI.

Norman Rockwell’s heartwarming depictions of  everyday life made him the best-known and most beloved American artist of the 20th century. The exhibit asserts Norman Rockwell as a great American artist and illustrator, whose real and most enduring subject matter was capturing the American spirit. His images often served as a mirror of American life. It has been said that a Rockwell painting does not require an explanation, a caption or even a title. It speaks to us directly.

“I think (visitors are) going to have a greater understanding and appreciation of who Norman Rockwell was in his artistic career, certainly, and then within the context of American history,” said Judy Goffman Cutler, founded the museum in 1998 with her husband, Laurence Cutler, to house their illustration art collection.

Norman Rockwell: American Imagist is currently on display through August 30, 2009.

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