New Rochelle Library
New Rochelle, New York
The New Rochelle Library features one original Norman Rockwell painting and several pencil and charcoal drawings in its permanent collection.
While not technically a Norman Rockwell museum, the library is listed here because it does boaast some Rockwell artwork.
As another important tie-in, Rockwell lived and maintained a studio in New Rochelle during the early years of his career. So it was only natural that he held a certain fondness for the city and its residents.
And most important of all, the artwork is displayed, not tucked away in some stuffy storeroom or closet where no one can enjoy it!
That is more than we can say for many "real" musuems with Rockwell paintings in their collections.
New Rochelle Library: Home of The Land of Enchantment
The prize of the library's collection is one of the larger of the original Norman Rockwell paintings. The Land of Enchantment was originally published in December 22, 1934 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.
The Land of Enchantment, a 37 x 76 inch or 94 x 193 cm oil on canvas painting, is on display inside the library. At more than six feet in width, it is one of Rockwell's largest works.
The painting shows a boy reading and being transported in his mind to a fantasy world, all through the power of books and imagination.
New Rochelle Library: Eight Tom Sawyer Studies
As if that treasure wasn't enough, several pencil and charcoal on paper studies from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer were discovered in and consequently belong to the library.
I was uncertain if the paintings are actually displayed or if they are in storage somewhere. So I called the library and asked. I was informed that they are on display.
What a treat for library patrons!
This library is definitely worth a visit. Especially for a Norman Rockwell collector.
The finished oil on canvas paintings for these studies are on display at the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.
About New Rochelle Library
The library is open seven days a week. Library hours are:
There is, of course, no admission fee to see the painting.
New Rochelle Public Library, Main Branch
Visit the library website. (Opens in new window.)
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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