The Connoisseur Signed Print

The Connoisseur Signed Print

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This eight-color collotype printed in 1977 manifests Rockwell's January 13, 1962 Post cover. This edition consists of 260 impressions on Rives BFK paper. 200 prints were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 impressions; pencil signed and designated with Roman numerals, were reserved for the artist. This specific print is numbered 20/200.

In 1961, Rockwell's studio was temporarily transformed into an abstract expressionist's workplace while he painted The Connoisseur. The purpose of this work was to show the relationship between conventional and modern art. Always fascinated by modern and abstract art, Rockwell designed a cover in which he could acknowledge his appreciation of the genre by emulating Jackson Pollock's style. By placing his back to us, he leaves the interpretation of the museum visitor's reaction to the viewer.

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."
-Steven Spielberg

The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell print is accompanied by an Authenticity Certificate signed by our Museum Director, a complimentary one-year Museum family membership, and care and handling instructions for the print. Payment plans are available. All limited edition print purchases contribute directly to the Norman Rockwell Museum to preserve and present the art and legacy of Norman Rockwell. Please contact us for more information at 413.931.2237 or 800.742.9450. Or Email: MDuffy@nrm.org

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The Connoisseur Signed Print

This eight-color collotype printed in 1977 manifests Rockwell's January 13, 1962 Post cover. This edition consists of 260 impressions on Rives BFK paper. 200 prints were numbered and 60 artist proofs were signed in pencil by Norman Rockwell. An additional 35 impressions; pencil signed and designated with Roman numerals, were reserved for the artist. This specific print is numbered 20/200.

In 1961, Rockwell's studio was temporarily transformed into an abstract expressionist's workplace while he painted The Connoisseur. The purpose of this work was to show the relationship between conventional and modern art. Always fascinated by modern and abstract art, Rockwell designed a cover in which he could acknowledge his appreciation of the genre by emulating Jackson Pollock's style. By placing his back to us, he leaves the interpretation of the museum visitor's reaction to the viewer.

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."
-Steven Spielberg

The purchase of any limited edition Norman Rockwell print is accompanied by an Authenticity Certificate signed by our Museum Director, a complimentary one-year Museum family membership, and care and handling instructions for the print. Payment plans are available. All limited edition print purchases contribute directly to the Norman Rockwell Museum to preserve and present the art and legacy of Norman Rockwell. Please contact us for more information at 413.931.2237 or 800.742.9450. Or Email: MDuffy@nrm.org

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