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Norman Rockwell Museum, Exhibit Opening

September 15

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 18, 2022

Norman Rockwell Drawings, 1914-1976

September 10, 2022 through January 7, 2023

Though best known for his painted magazine covers and illustrations for stories, books, and advertisements, Norman Rockwell was also a prolific and masterful draftsman who utilized drawing as an essential underpinning of his art. Whether rough or highly refined, Rockwell’s drawing process made it possible for him to envision every aspect of a final work before it was begun. In the painting and related “doodle,” the artist is surrounded by studies and a range of visual references, but this lively, empathetic self-portrait is misleading. Rockwell rarely began a painting at the oil-on-canvas stage. By the time a canvas was on his easel, he would have completed several stages of preparation, including the creation of sketches, photographic references, and at least one highly detailed tonal drawing to be traced onto canvas.

The Boy Who Put the World on Wheels, 1952

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
The Boy Who Put the World on Wheels
, 1952
Advertisement illustration for the Ford Motor Company in 1952
graphite on paper
Collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum
© 1952 Norman Rockwell Family Agency

Drawing Life with American Illustrators from Norman Rockwell’s Studio with Loveis Wise

Premiering September 15

An hour-long program of sketching and conversation about creative expression, the power of persuasion, and the people’s art. This monthly series of on-demand programs features leading illustrators from across the United States demonstrating their craft and discussing ways in which published illustration reflects and shapes society, and advances social good.

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September 15


Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183 (Glendale Ave)
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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(413) 298-4100
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