sun 25/10/2020

theartsdesk in Fort Lauderdale: Norman Rockwell, the American Friend | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk in Fort Lauderdale: Norman Rockwell, the American Friend

theartsdesk in Fort Lauderdale: Norman Rockwell, the American Friend

An exhibition reveals there's much more to Rockwell's art than comforting nostalgia

Norman Rockwell: 'The Problem We All Live With'All images courtesy of the Norman Rockwell Family Agency © 2010 The Norman Rockwell Family Entities

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) may be the great idealiser of American smalltown life, but many of his paintings took their cues from Dickens, and they thus have an English tang. None more so than Merrie Christmas (pictured below), which Rockwell painted for the cover of 7 December 1929 edition of the Saturday Evening Post: Tony Weller, the philosophising coachman father of Mr Pickwick’s manservant Sam, is shown cracking his whip with one hand and doffing his holly-spiked hat with the other.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) may be the great idealiser of American smalltown life, but many of his paintings took their cues from Dickens, and they thus have an English tang. None more so than Merrie Christmas (pictured below), which Rockwell painted for the cover of 7 December 1929 edition of the Saturday Evening Post: Tony Weller, the philosophising coachman father of Mr Pickwick’s manservant Sam, is shown cracking his whip with one hand and doffing his holly-spiked hat with the other.

Stirred by the Civil Rights movement and aware his work was overtly WASPish, Rockwell sought to redress the balance

Share this article

Add comment

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters