Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post
cover January 13, 1962. Magnet measures 2" inches by 3" inches, magnetic bookmark measures 1.5" x 3.5 inches.
During an interview with the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, collector Steven Spielberg said:
"The Connoisseur is a fascinating painting for me. ...Rockwell actually had to do a Jackson Pollock. He had to get that drip effect on that canvas. That means he had to completely change the paradigm of his style to accomplish a Jackson Pollack and a very convincing Jackson Pollock, before going back to his sort of conventional human characters. For me that represents how an artist can suddenly change his style and be unrecognizable in one form in another medium and then return to the style that we're familiar with."
The original oil painting is now part of a private collection, and featured in the exhibition Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World, on view June 17 through October 29, 2016.