Appreciating Rockwell

-By Dan dos Santos

Norman Rockwell is so well known, and so universally admired amongst Illustrators, that it sometimes makes it easy to overlook him. We hear his name, and immediately think of Thanksgiving, puppy dogs and band-aids... so we don't bother to explore him further.

Norman Rockwell was an incredibly versatile storyteller, and deserves a second look more often than many of us give him. Whenever I go through his work, I find something new to appreciate. That's why over the next few days, I'd like to show off our buddy Norm a bit. Some great paintings, his photographic reference, and his personal inspirations.

For starters, let's get rid of that 'puppy-dog' notion right off the bat.

Southern Justice (Murder in Mississippi), 1965. 

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