Source: A Commentary; Through the Eyes of Norman Rockwell by Aaron Sherer, Executive Director of the Paine Art Center and Gardens.
Over the years, Rockwell’s paintings have appeared on countless calendars and coffee mugs. His images have become a familiar and meaningful part of our American culture. Yet, very few of us have ever seen an original painting by Rockwell. We know his images through the reproductions, just as people first saw them printed on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post. Notably, the Paine’s exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see the original “Volunteer Fireman” painting along with 25 other original artworks by Rockwell.
The Rockwell originals are presented at the Paine Art Center and Gardens alongside the complete collection of 323 Saturday Evening Post covers by the artist. The magazines span five decades of American history, beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s. A little humor always helps, and Rockwell offers it generously. His exceptional talent also reveals that artistic genius is rare and powerful, and a gift. His artistry is a comfort for us at a time when we’re aching. There is so much good to behold in this country. We just have to look.
“I was showing the America I knew and observed to others, who might not have noticed!”
–Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)