The National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
The National Air and Space Museum features one original Norman Rockwell painting in its permanent collection.
While not strictly a Norman Rockwell museum, I have included it because it contains several important original Norman Rockwell paintings among its collection.
All of the Norman Rockwell original paintings included in the collection are related to space exploration and astronauts.
Of course, you could spend several days exploring all of the space and flight related artwork, artifacts and displays.
Better plan an extended vacation around Washington, DC.
Six Original Norman Rockwell Aerospace Paintings
The first Norman Rockwell astronaut painting in the Museum's collection is The Longest Step (Grissom and Young Suiting Up.)
The Longest Step, a 33 x 52.375 inches or 84 x 133 cm oil on canvas, was published in an article inside the April 20, 1965 issue of ***Look magazine.shtml***.
Next in the collection is Man on the Moon (Portrait of an Astronaut), a 10 x 8.35 inches or 25.5 x 21 cm oil on canvas. Man on the Moon was published in another article on January 10 1967 in Look magazine. The article was entitled Man on the Moon and written by John Osmondson.
Also included in the collection is Man on the Moon (United States Space Ship on the Moon) 71 x 46 inches or 180 x 117 cm oil on canvas
The next painting in the collection of the National Air and Space M useum is Apollo and Beyond (Apollo II Space Team). Apollo and Beyond is a 28.5 x 66 inches or 72.5 x 167.5 cm oil on canvas painting. This illustration was originally published in the July 15 1969 edition of Look magazine. It illustrated an article written by Arthur C. Clarke of science fiction fame.
The final painting by Norman Rockwell is The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Moon (Two Men on the Moon).This painting of a moon landing and walk is a 42.5 x 61.5 inches or 108 x 156 cm oil on canvas. This painting illustrated a story published December 30 1969 in Look magazine. The story was also entitled The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Moon.
Man on the Moon (Lift off from the Moon) was painted by Pierre Mion and Norman Rockwell. This thrilling painting of the lunar module lifting off from the surface of the moon is a 41 x 14.5 inches or 104 x 37 cm Goache on board.
Of course, the Museum has many other fine works of art in addition to these original Norman Rockwell paintings.
This Museum is definitely worth a visit as is the entire Smithsonian Institute.
Two other Smithsonian Institute Museums, the Museum of Natural History and the National Portrait Gallery, feature Norman Rockwell paintings in their collections.
About The National Air and Space Museum
If you have an extended stay in Washington, DC, planned, consider also visiting the Washington area museums that feature Norman Rockwell paintings (among other things):
The Museum is open every day except December 25th. Museum hours are 10AM to 5:30PM, with special hours on some holidays. See the calendar on the website for further details.
Admission is free.
The National Air and Space Museum
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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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