Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana features one Norman Rockwell in its collection.
This Museum contains more than just one fantastic painting, though. The Museum has a collection of over 50,000 works of art.
Included in the American art division, in addition to Rockwell, are works by Alfred Thompson Bricher, Winslow Homer, Isabel Bishop, Richard Emile Miller and Edward Hopper.
In other parts of the Museum, you will find extensive displays from other divisions including African art, Asian art, contemporary art, European art and South Pacific art.
Also intriguing is the Museum's extensive collection of prints, drawings and photographs.
Less interesting to me personally were the exhibits with decorative arts and textile and fashion arts. but there is something here for any taste.
All in all, this is a museum worth visiting.
Norman Rockwell's The Love Song
The sole Norman Rockwell painting in the Museum's collection is The Love Song. The Love Song originally debuted in the Ladies Home Journal December 1926 issue on page 15.
The Love Song shows two musicians playing their instruments, one flute and one clarinet. A young girl leans against the wall, enjoying a reverie and taking a break from cleaning and sweeping.
This painting embodies a recurring theme with Rockwell's art works: the contrast of young and old, youth and experience.
Rockwell uses one of his favorite props to convey the title of this painting. The Love Song appears as the title of the sheet music.
The title of The Love Song could refer to the musicians' love of their music or whoever the girl is daydreaming about.
The painting, a 38 3/8 inch x 42 7/8 inch oil on canvas, was given to the Museum by Anne G. Blackman and Sidney W. Blackman in memory of Freeman E. Hertzel.
About The Indianapolis Museum of Art
Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 11AM to 5PM, Thursday and Friday 11AM to 9PM, and Sunday 12 noon to 5PM. The Museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
General admission to the Museum and Lilly House is free. Special exhibits may involve an admission fee.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Phone (317) 923-1331
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After scouring the nation for every Norman Rockwell Museum,
Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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