The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermontall are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.
This Definitive Edition restores the original 1960 text of My Adventures as an Illustrator, as well as the playful vignettes that Rockwell drew to head each chapter. Thanks to a massive image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is also illustrated with more than 150 of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work. A new introduction by the artist’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell adds reference value, as do an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography prepared by the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
This attractive volume will be the essential source on the life of Norman Rockwell, and delightful reading for anyone who enjoys his art. Plus, its publication coincides with a major new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum concerning the autobiographical elements in the artist’s work (Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses, June 8 through October 27, 2019).
|Publisher:||Abbeville Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, is a jazz singer and songwriter.
Table of Contents
Foreword Steven Heller 7
Introduction Abigail Rockwell 10
I "Scairt as a rabbit, bold as a bear" 21
II I sign my name in blood 35
III I meet the body beautiful 52
IV Charcoal, perspiration, and turpentine 72
V Pass the prunes, Mrs. Frothingham 94
VI Great Expectations 119
VII The battle of Charleston 145
VIII Lost-$10,000 166
IX The mansion on Mount Tom Road 196
X 36-24-36 Wow/ 215
XI My models 247
XII The Deacon goes society 280
XIII Mary 309
XIV Trials, tribulations, and Twain 325
XV Three o'clock in the morning 354
XVI I rise from the ashes 386
XVII Flops! 414
XVIII The wayward pill 431
XIX I paint another Post cover 443
Afterword Tom Rockwell 486