Norman Rockwell’s heart-warming depictions of everyday life made him the best-known and most beloved American artist of the twentieth century. He lived and worked through some of the most eventful periods in the nation’s history, and his paintings vividly chronicled those times. Rockwell was a storyteller when so-called “serious” art was neither narrative nor representational. His painted stories were folksy, humorous, and often topical, but he was more than just a chronicler of the times. He had a genius for knowing which stories to tell, how to tell them, and which details to emphasize in order to strengthen the message.
At the MSV from February 20 through August 8, 2021, Norman Rockwell's America will include a selection of original works spanning six decades, providing an overview of the artist’s career along with posters of his Four Freedoms series and vintage Saturday Evening Post covers.The works are drawn from the National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island, and curated by Judy and Laurence S. Cutler, co-founders of the National Museum of American Illustration.