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The New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain, Connecticut


The New Britain Museum of American Art, though not technically a Norman Rockwell museum, houses an original Rockwell painting in its collection.

Of course, there are other highlights, in both the upsominng exhibits and in the permanent collectio.

The permanent collection contains works by Frederic Remington, Thomas Hart Benton, Raphaelle Peale, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and many other artists.

Another highlight is the collection of nineteen plasters and bronzes by Solon Borglum.

Plan to spend the whole day in awe.

Weighing In

Weighing In, Norman Rockwell's painting was published on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post's June 28, 1958 edition. Now the original resides in New Britain at the Museum.
Weighing In by Norman Rockwell
Weighing In
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The painting is another excellent example of Rockwell's talent for capturing the essential elements of an event. Rockwell gives us a taste of a horse race.

The picture shows jockey Eddie Arcaro weighing in after a race under the watchful eye of the racing steward. Rockwell emphasizes the characters in the painting with a deliberately minimalist technique.

There are only three things in the painting: the jockey, the steward, and the scale, all portrayed against a pure white background.

This original painting, oil on canvas, was given to the Museum by the artist.

About The New Britain Museum of American Art

The Museum boasts artwork from many important, recognizable American artists. Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and James Abbott McNeill Whistler are all represented in the Museum's permanent collection.

The Museum hours are:
Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11AM till 5PM
Thursday: 11AM till 8PM
Saturday: 10AM till 5PM
Sunday: 12 noon till 5PM

Admission is very reasonable: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free. Saturday admission from 10AM to 12 noon is free to the public.

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

For driving directions, consult the museum's website.

Phone: 860-229-0257
Fax: 860-229-3445

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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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