American Mirror The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

ISBN-10: 0374113092

ISBN-13: 9780374113094

Edition: 2014

Authors: Deborah Solomon

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Norman Rockwell, as much as Walt Disney or Ronald Reagan, provided America with a mirror of its dreams and aspirations. As the star illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Rockwell portrayed a fantasy of civic togetherness, of American decency and good cheer. Or, as Deborah Solomon writes in her authoritative new biography, he painted "a history of the American people that had never happened."     Who was Norman Rockwell? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking façade lay a surprisingly complex figure-a lonely man all too conscious of his inadequacies. Solomon describes him as an obsessive personality who wore his shoes too small, washed his paintings with Ivory Soap, and relied on the redemptive power of storytelling to stave off depression. He wound up in treatment with Erik Erikson, the influential psychotherapist. American Mirror draws on unpublished papers to explore the relationship between Rockwell's anguished creativity and his genius for reflecting American innocence. "The thrill of his work," writes Solomon, "is that he was able to use the commercial form of magazine illustration to thrash out his private obsessions."     In American Mirror, Solomon, a biographer and art critic, trains her perceptive eye on both the art and the man. She also brilliantly chronicles the visual history of American journalism and the battle pitting photography against illustration.
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.694

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Welcome to Rockwell Land
The Bird Man of Yonkers (1830 to 1888)
Not a Norman Rockwell Childhood (1894 to 1911)
The Art Students League (September 1911 to 1912)
The Boy Scouts Versus the Armory Show (September 1912 to December 1913)
New Rochelle, Art Capital of the World (1914 to 1916)
Irene O'Connor, or Uncle Sam Wants You (1916 to 1918)
Billy Payne (May 1919 to Summer 1920)
Miss America (1922 to 1923)
The Arrow Collar Man (1924 to 1925)
Divorce (1926 to 1929)
Mary Barstow (Spring 1930 to September 1932)
The New Deal (1933 to 1935)
Hello Life (Fall 1936 to 1938)
Arlington, Vermont (November 1938 to Summer 1942)
The Four Freedoms (May 1942 to May 1943)
"Slowly Fell the Picket Fence" (June 1943 to Summer 1947)
"We're Looking for People Who Like to Draw" (October 1948)
Grandma Moses (1948 to 1949)
Shuffleton's Barbershop (1950 to 1953)
The Age of Erik Erikson (1954)
Crack-Up (1955)
Young Man Luther (1957 to 1959)
Rockwell Tells His Life Story (1959)
Widowhood, or The Golden Rule (1960)
Meet Molly (1961)
Rockwell Departs from the Post (1962 to 1963)
Ruby Bridges (1964)
Lyndon Baines Johnson, Art Critic (1964 to 1967)
The Vietnam War (1965 to 1967)
Alice's Restaurant (1967)
Andy Warhol & Company (Fall 1968)
The Brooklyn Museum (1969 to 1972)
"But I Want to Go to My Studio" (1972 to 1978)
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