Norman Rockwell exhibit opens in northern Alabama
By LEE ROOP
Nov. 17, 2017
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — American artist Norman Rockwell spent much of his career dismissed by the serious art world as a creator of cliched, sentimental images used on the covers of magazines. That has all changed in the last few decades.
Today, Rockwell's art brings monster prices if it ever comes to auction, and his art is praised by collectors and museum curators alike. "He cast a painting," says Rockwell owner and "Star Wars" director George Lucas. "It wasn't just a random group of characters."
A new exhibit at the Huntsville Museum of Art called "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera" showcases how Rockwell "cast" paintings by staging photographs and using the images as references for the finished work. The exhibit includes photographs, studies by Rockwell and some of the artist's famous paintings based on those references. It was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Also in the exhibit is "Behind the Wall: The Don Trachte Replicas." Trachte was a cartoonist and friend of Rockwell's, and he owned one of the artist's most famous paintings: "Breaking Home Ties." What happened when that work's authenticity was challenged while it was on loan to a museum is an art world mystery of the first order. The mystery is unraveled in the exhibit.
The famous original Rockwell paintings on exhibit in Huntsville are "The Runaway," ''Boy in Dining Car" and "Art Critic." Rockwell's own detailed studies for "A Day in the Life of a Girl" and "Soda Jerk" are also on exhibit.
Both exhibitions will be open for general admission at the Huntsville Museum of Art until Jan. 28, 2018.