April 15, 2011

Friday Fave

I was at the National Gallery of Art Library yesterday, browsing through Norman Rockwell's catalogue raisonné, doing some research for a client, when I ran across this breathtaking work.  Usually I don't find Rockwell's work to be incredibly moving - maybe it's the commercial aspect or that most of his works are prints.  While reading the introduction to the catalogue, I found it interesting that most of his works were created with the intention of mass reproduction.  The original oil on canvases were not considered important.  Many of his early works have been destroyed or have simply disappeared.  While perusing the vivid color plates of his oil paintings, I was pleasantly reminded what an incredible artist he was.  I was especially taken with this work and his ability to radiate the warmth of the light.  In true Rockwell fashion, he is able to capture a beautiful fleeting moment, the sensation of arriving at a summer soiree and a glimpse into American tradition.

Norman Rockwell (American 1894-1978), And the Symbol of Welcome Is Light (Guests Arriving at Party)
Oil on canvas, 1920
 Edison Mazda Lamp Works, 1920
The Saturday Evening Post,  August 7, 1920

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