Norman Rockwell Museum of Massachusetts
The Norman Rockwell Museum of Massachusetts, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest museum dedicated to showing Rockwell's artwork.
With the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, it was founded in 1969. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, it remains the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.
The Museum was original housed at the Old Corner House on Stockbridge's Main Street. In 1993, the Museum was moved to its current location at 9 Glendale Road.
Situated on a 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River Valley, the Museum also boasts a magnificent view outside.
Housing a Great Collection
The Museum also houses the world's largest and most significant collection of Rockwell's work, including 574 original paintings and drawings. Some of the original works included in the Museum's permanent collection are The Marriage License (1955) and Christmas Homecoming (1948), two favorites from the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, among many others.
Some of the other paintings include the following. This is not an exhaustive list. After al, the Museum owns over 500 original Norman Rockwell paintings,
You can see highlights of the collection here.
Rockwell resided in Stockbridge for the final 25 years of his life. Rockwell's Stockbridge studio was moved to the Museum site and is open for public viewing and enjoyment from May through October. The studio exhibit features original art materials, his library, furnishings, and some personal items.
The Museum is also home to the Norman Rockwell Archives. This is a collection of more than 100,000 Rockwell items. The Archives includes working photographs, both of Rockwell working and also photos he used in his work. Many letters, personal calendars, fan mail, and business documents are also exhibited.
Norman Rockwell Museum Video
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Beautiful Web Presentation
The Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Massachusetts has a beautiful website. It is extremely functional and educational as well.
Click here to visit the the website. (Opens new window)
Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibitions on the RoadAmerican Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, an exhibition featuring several original Norman Rockwell paintings, will be touring the country through June 2013. I will see you there. Here is the schedule:
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Tacoma Art Museum, Washington
Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Crystal Bridges Mus. of Amer. Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Some Quotes From Visitors
The Norman Rockwell Museum blew me away. It even impressed my hard-to-impress young teen daughter. The setting is gorgeous, with a considerately laid out well designed brand-new building. The impact of experiencing Rockwell's work, including many of his less-familiar pieces, is simply amazing to see in person.
If you like art you can understand, then the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge Massachusetts is the museum for you to visit.
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute we spent there.
We both loved this museum. ... You could easliy spend half a day there.
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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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