Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art features one original Norman Rockwell painting in its permanent collection.
The Met is not a true Norman Rockwell museum. Its focus is much broader than one very important artist and illustrator.
Of course, the Museum has many other fine works of art in addition to this Norman Rockwell original painting. Such notable artists as Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse are all represented in the Museum's collection. The Museum also features other art forms in addition to paintings.
The museum building itself is a beautiful architectural masterpiece also.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Original Norman Rockwell Paintings
The first Norman Rockwell painting in the Museum's collection is a a study of Freedom of Speech, painted in 1942. This was painted several months before his famous Four Freedoms series of paintings was published.
The study of Freedom of Speech is a 21 x 17 inch or 53.5 x 43 cm oil on composition board. This version of Freedom of Speech has only been published in Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective by Thomas Buechner on page 86 and in Norman Rockwell, A Definitive Catalogue by Laurie Norton Moffatt on page 769.
An alternate title for the painting is Town Meeting.
It was donated to the Met in 1952 by the George A. Hearn Fund.
The second Norman Rockwell painting in the Museum's collection is a study for Lion and Zookeeper, painted in 1954.
The study of Lion and Zookeeper is a 10.75 x 11.125 inch or 27.3 x 28.3 cm oil on paper painting.
This study is not published in any Rockwell commentary books.
This painting was donated by Continental Group in 1981.
Neither of the two Rockwell works are currently available for public viewing. Nonetheless, the Met Museum is definitely worth a visit anytime you are in New York City. Visiting the Met is even worth planning a vacation in New York around.
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Admission is very reasonable for a museum of this size. Adult admission is $20, seniors admission is $15 and students admission is $10. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. Museum members' admission is free every day.
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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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