On view at American Fine Art (Scottsdale, AZ): “Spirit of America: Norman Rockwell”
From the gallery:
“Spirit of America: Norman Rockwell” offers collectors an amazing opportunity to acquire important works of art and iconic imagery by Rockwell, including his Four Freedoms — “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom of Worship,” “Freedom from Fear,” and “Freedom from Want” — along with “Doctor and the Doll” and “Art Connoisseur.” Over 100 pieces are featured and available for sale to the public in this must-see collection. Unlike at the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum, or the Los Angeles County Museum, the original artwork on display at American Fine Art is offered for sale and available to the general public.
Norman Rockwell is heralded as being the greatest storyteller of our time. This, along with the fact that two of his most ardent collectors happen to be George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, speaks volumes of the innate ability Rockwell had to reach his audience. Rockwell’s imagery and genius convey the “spirit of America,” a universal theme and feeling that he branded during his tenure at The Saturday Evening Post. Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Norman Rockwell was always a humble and quiet man, painting the traditions, ideals, and events that shaped America.
Rockwell described his approach to art quite simply: “Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”
Norman Rockwell was born in New York City on February 3, 1894. In 1916 he painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, beginning a relationship of 47 years with the American magazine, for which he created 322 covers. His paintings largely focus on everyday American humor and charm. He painted what he saw and what he wanted the world to be like. This includes “The Four Freedoms,” inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech to congress about the “four essential human freedoms.” Rockwell completed the paintings within six months, published by the Post in 1943. These paintings toured the United States, raising more than $130 million toward the World War II effort.
“Spirit of America: Norman Rockwell” is on view at American Fine Art (Scottsdale, AZ). American Fine Art specializes in the original 19th- to 21st-century masters of fine art, including but not limited to Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, LeRoy Neiman, Joan Miro, Andrew Wyeth, Pablo Picasso, and Marc Chagall.