American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell explores Norman Rockwell's unparalleled role as an American artist and storyteller. Tracing the evolution of Rockwell's art and iconography throughout his career, from carefully choreographed reflections on childhood innocence in such paintings as No Swimming (1921) to powerful, consciousness-raising images like The Problem We All Live With (1964). Features many of Rockwell's most popular paintings including Shuffleton's Barbershop, the Golden Rule, Freedom from Want, and Stockbridge Main Street. Written in an engaging style and from an insider's point of view, the book begins with Rockwell's early life, student years, and career in Manhattan, Mamaroneck, and New Rochelle, New York. In subsequent chapters, the author explores Rockwell's life and artworks when he lived in Arlington, Vermont, and later in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he enjoyed the life of a famous working artist for his last 25 years. The collection concludes with a comprehensive examination of the artist's process in creating his landmark civil rights masterpiece Murder in Mississippi (Southern Justice), created for Look magazine to illustrate the 1964 murders of three young civil rights workers in Philadelphia, MS.
Of special interest to Rockwell aficionados will be the color reproductions of Rockwell's art, color-corrected to the Museum's original paintings. Readers will delight in an array of intriguing archival portraits of Rockwell throughout his life. Many of these images are being published for the first time, for they existed until now only as fragile negatives on acetate film in the Museum's archive.