Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America

by Jane Petrick

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ISBN-13: 9780989260114
Publisher: Informed Decisons Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People In Norman Rockwell's America 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jhnellorx More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I didn't know a whole lot about Norman Rockwell prior to reading this book . I had of course heard of the name plenty of times, and I will never forget the illustration of the little boy in the doctor's office, holding up his pants and reading the doctor's certificate as the doctor prepare to use a needle on him. However, it took me reading this book to fully dive in and do a bit of research regarding him. This book highlights the overlooked and maybe forgotten aspect of Norman Rockwell using models of "colour." The author did this by bringing out examples of some of his lesser know artwork. It begins with the "Working on The Statue of Liberty" where it is pointed out that although three of the workers portrayed were white, another of whom is the caricature of Norman himself, there is another worker who has a brown skin tone. It is then explained that the author had discovered this on their quest thru Norman Rockwell's America. Aside from the illustrations themselves, the author discusses the era from which they were drawn, and of the social situations then. Norman Rockwell's personal struggle against bigotry (growing up a white Protestant in that era) no doubt contributed to him portraying some people in his illustrations as that of colour. I definitely enjoyed the pictures included, as well as some of his work of art. It is a well-written book, with no visible spelling mistakes or grammatical error. It is educational, and any reader would have something to learn from it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written and well researched account of Normal Rockwell's art. Jane Allen Petrick, takes you behind the scenes of Mr. Rockwell's paintings. Yes, many of them are famous and you recognize them right away, while others are not as popular, but each has a story. This book tells of Mr. Rockwell's desire to paint the America that he saw, the true America, the America of many people from many lands. The social issues, the diversity, the political turmoil and life in general. I was fortunate enough to already have a book of Normal Rockwell's art work, so when Ms. Petrick mentioned a particular painting, I was able to see it. I truly enjoyed the stories behind the paintings, not only why Mr. Rockwell decided on a particular painting but how he envisioned it, the diversity of people he chose for it and sometimes the disappointment he received from others about it. It was also interesting to hear the model's side of the story. He was a man of social conscience who wanted to make a difference in this world. It is unfortunate that he never realized what a difference he did make. I received this book as an Early Reviewers copy in exchange for my honest review.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Hidden In Plain Sight...The Other People In Norman Rockwell's America Author: Jane Allen Petrick Publisher: Informed Decisions International Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Hidden in Plain Sight" by Jane Allen Petrick was a fascinating beautiful story telling of Norman Rockwell's great talent where he covers 'social justice, inequality and the human rights during the 40's and 50's. We will find from the read that this author tells us about how Norman Rockwell's work wit dealing with people used were 'hidden in plain sight.' These 'people of color' were dealt with in depth an social awareness had gone for the most part unnoticed. This is really a interesting biography of how this artist forced a lots of his works on 'non-white children and adult who are his legacy.' This author does a good job at telling us a story of Norman Rockwell's journey and battle that did allow him to paint his visions of American, and even to speaking with these people who modeled for him. I loved how Rockwell's picture 'showed a nation of minorities how to have thanksgiving, raise our children, go to war, live in small towns and look American' and with books that showed his cover art and posters casted by people of color. This research was well researched to get all of this of Norman Rockwell's personal life. This author did a wonderful job illustrating this Artist and giving us a feeling of what was going on at that time. In the end we get a wonderful read that was researched, entertaining, educational and very fascinating read that I would recommend as a good read.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did. The descriptions of this novel will tell you that Petrick is telling the previously obscured story of “people of color” in Norman Rockwell’s artwork. But honestly, this book is about so much more. There’s American history, personal stories, and discussions of multi-culturalism (or lack thereof) interwoven throughout the novel. I learned so much from this story. It’s hard to grasp how important seeing someone who “looks like me” in literature, pop culture, and art is to those of us who have always been represented daily in media representations. Hidden in Plain Sight is both entertaining and educational. This turns out to be both good and bad as it feels academic – almost textbook-like – at times. And (as is so often the case with non-fiction) the book goes on a little longer than is necessary to make a point. Would I recommend it: I would; especially to people interested in: art, history, African-American studies, and Norman Rockwell. Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Charles_Ray More than 1 year ago
The Truth About Norman Rockwell . . . . As an aspiring artist growing up in the 40s and 50s, I was, like many artists of that period, greatly influenced by Norman Rockwell. Despite the fact that the Saturday Evening Post, which regularly featured Rockwell covers, had a policy of only showing people of color in menial roles, other than Ebony and National Geographic, there was little else being published that an artist could look to for inspiration. As an artist, though, I am probably more observant than the average person, and I’m aware that Rockwell on occasion had people of color, African-American, Native American, or Asian, in his paintings. I wasn’t aware that he was thought of as a painter of  a ‘white’ America – but, I was looking into his paintings, not just at them. You can imagine, then, how surprised I was to receive a free copy of Jane Ellen Petrick’s Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Normal Rockwell’s Paintings. This compelling account of Rockwell’s career, viewed from the perspective of the models he used for his work, exposed a side of the artist I had never been aware of. Petrick has clearly done her research, adding an invaluable dimension to our knowledge of one of America’s artistic icons. Knowing his views on civil rights and equality makes me appreciate his work all the more, and his battles with ‘the suits’ who make editorial decisions makes the battles most of us freelancers fight pale by comparison My only complaint about this wonderful volume is that it didn’t contain more Rockwell illustrations.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers' Favorite Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America by Jane Allen Petrick is an outstanding book about colored people in the paintings of Norman Rockwell. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of the research and the words used in this inspiring book. It is a well thought-out book that follows the life and paintings of the great artist. Jane Allen Petrick had a question in her heart and she did a lot of research to support her findings. This well-written book is the result. It is tastefully done and left me with the feeling of great accomplishment. Petrick’s book sets out to prove that the all-American white artist Norman Rockwell did have colored people in his paintings. In many articles and different stories about the artist, she could find nothing written about the models of color in the paintings. It was as if no one could see them or else were afraid to notice them. Her quest was to prove to the world that Norman Rockwell indeed loved and included colored people in his paintings and it is all right to see them. I believe that she has done that and more. Hidden in Plain Sight is a must-have book for all those who love Rockwell's paintings. I highly recommend it for the great history lesson and the discoveries you will find in its pages. It will help you see with different eyes and appreciate more the artist and his work. It is a book worth every cent you pay for it.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite One of America's most beloved painters, Norman Rockwell's work is classic. Used in reproductions, spoofs, and movies even today, Rockwell's relevance spans decades. In Hidden in Plain Sight, Jane Allen Petrick depicts the other side of Norman Rockwell's work. It turns out, Rockwell was ahead of his time in addition to being an artistic master. While his most famous paintings feature white families in domestic bliss, history has neglected to show his other paintings. Rockwell portrays African-American families along with their white counterparts. Instead of the expected, biased view typical of a white male of that time, Rockwell showed an equality, compassion, and empathy which was rare in those days.  I loved the narrative take on the minorities of America's bustling 1900s. Rockwell painted models of almost every race, from the downtrodden and segregated African-Americans, to the somber and heartbroken Native Americans. There are bits of humor that make the tough and conflicting issues that occur just part of a great story that Jane Allen Petrick weaves together out of many people's personal histories, triumphs, and sorrows. It was a very warm-hearted and fun journey through a past of an American legend that has never really been told before. Hidden in Plain Sight shows a beautiful and fun kind of history. It's the kind that has not been told within the confines of a normal history of Rockwell. Any history or art buff will love to get their hands on this fascinating display of culture, history, and an America revealed.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite In Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America, author Jane Allen Petrick tells the story of the Rockwell models who were people of color. She also brings to life a Norman Rockwell that the vast majority of people never knew -- a man who saw the world as multi-cultural and was thwarted in every instance of his attempts to portray that world in his art. Petrick interviewed child models, now middle-aged, to get a first-hand account of what it was like to be a Rockwell model and how he affected their lives. This book is, in many respects, an artistic biography of Rockwell, and it chronicles his struggles with and despair at the magazine The Saturday Evening Post, whose conservative editor only allowed blacks in the publication if they were in subservient positions. Rockwell's own ideology was quite progressive, and he came to hate the magazine that created a Rockwell persona so far from the reality of who he was. Petrick concludes her work by citing African-American artists who were greatly influenced by Rockwell's work, who saw those hidden in plain sight. Jane Allen Petrick's book should be required reading in art history classes. It's that good. It should also be required reading for anyone interested in United States history and the fight for civil rights and progress in our nation. I had no idea who Rockwell was before I read this book and harbored a vague contempt for the man whenever he was mentioned as an American artist. The great cover-up and whitewash Petrick exposes is much too effective. What an inspiring man Rockwell was, and how much I would have liked to have known him. Petrick's work shows him finally in a light Rockwell would have felt at ease with and even delighted in. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America is an amazing piece of scholarship and very highly recommended.