Norman Rockwell Surpasses Georgia O’Keeffe

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    May 23, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
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    Peter Rockwell, son of Norman Rockwell, with “The Rookie,” which sold for $22.5 million on Thursday.

    NYT: Norman Rockwell, the American artist and illustrator who depicted life in mid-20th-century America and died in 1978, was not treated seriously. “Norman Rockwell was demonized by a generation of critics who not only saw him as an enemy of modern art, but of all art,” said Deborah Solomon, whose biography of Rockwell, “American Mirror,” was published last year. “He was seen as a lowly calendar artist whose work was unrelated to the lofty ambitions of art,” she said, or, as she put it in her book, “a cornball and a square.” The critical dismissal “was obviously a source of great pain throughout his life,” Ms. Solomon added.

    But Rockwell is now undergoing a major critical and financial reappraisal. This week, the major auction houses built their spring sales of American art around two Rockwell paintings: “After the Prom,” at Sotheby’s, and “The Rookie,” at Christie’s. “After the Prom” sold for $9.1 million on Wednesday; “The Rookie” for $22.5 million on Thursday.

    In December, “Saying Grace” set an auction record for Rockwell, selling at Sotheby’s for $46 million.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/business/norman-rockwell-captures-the-art-markets-eye.html?hp
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    May 25, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    for reference; After the Prom:
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    May 25, 2014 4:20 AM GMT
    Even though all his works are pretty much a 1920's view of an urban white society, I think he was definitely a great artist. They likely depict the world he lived in. I'm a fan of realism art because it depicts a history that you can look back at and see what those times must have been like. I definitely like that Rookie painting.

    Like this one too
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    May 25, 2014 4:25 AM GMT
    I had forgotten about this one

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    May 25, 2014 4:35 AM GMT
    I've never dismissed Norman Rockwell's art. He chronicled the America of those times. Call him a cornball and a square all you like, America WAS cornball and square. And he captured it. That's what an artist is SUPPOSED to do.

    I remember Sunday afternoon dinners in the late 1950s, at my parents' favorite restaurant. When my Father & I were both in suit & tie, my Mother & Sister in dresses. My parents had cocktails from a cart that came to the table, and my Sister & I had Shirley Temples in cocktail glasses to match theirs. Would that be considered child abuse today, teaching kids bad habits?

    And on the walls, at every table, were original Normal Rockwell's. Some of the ones you see today in books. They had special lights on them, beautifully featured, and each table also had small lamps with shades, an elegant touch you rarely see today. A different era.

    The restaurant owner loved Rockwell, and collected him. Where I first saw his work, all originals, not repros. And I gazed on those Rockwells above me as I ate, and was entranced. That was well over 50 years ago. I have no idea who got those paintings, where they went, now evidently worth many millions.

    Funny, at the time they were just restaurant wall decorations, that I'm sure most people hardly gave a glance.