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American Mirror - The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Deborah Solomon

Welcome to Rockwell Land," writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-the-people, communitarian ideals of American democracy. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school-- here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all. Who was this man who served as our unofficial " artist in chief" and bolstered our country' s national identity? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking facade lay a surprisingly complex figure-- a lonely painter who suffered from depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He wound up in treatment with the celebrated psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. In fact, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. " What' s interesting is how Rockwell' s personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy," writes Solomon. " His work mirrors his own temperament-- his sense of humor, his fear of depths-- and struck Americans as a truer version of themselves than the sallow, solemn, hard-bitten Puritans they knew from eighteenth-century portraits." Deborah Solomon, a biographer and art critic, draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell' s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America' s brightest hopes. " The thrill of his work," she writes, " is that he was able to use a commercial form [that of magazine illustration] to thrash out his private obsessions." In American Mirror, Solomon trains her perceptive eye not only on Rockwell and his art but o

Welcome to Rockwell Land," writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-the-people, communitarian ideals of American democracy. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school-- here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all. Who was this man who served as our unofficial " artist in chief" and bolstered our country' s national identity? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking facade lay a surprisingly complex figure-- a lonely painter who suffered from depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He wound up in treatment with the celebrated psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. In fact, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. " What' s interesting is how Rockwell' s personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy," writes Solomon. " His work mirrors his own temperament-- his sense of humor, his fear of depths-- and struck Americans as a truer version of themselves than the sallow, solemn, hard-bitten Puritans they knew from eighteenth-century portraits." Deborah Solomon, a biographer and art critic, draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell' s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America' s brightest hopes. " The thrill of his work," she writes, " is that he was able to use a commercial form [that of magazine illustration] to thrash out his private obsessions." In American Mirror, Solomon trains her perceptive eye not only on Rockwell and his art but o
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Welcome to Rockwell Land," writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-the-people, communitarian ideals of American democracy. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school-- here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all. Who was this man who served as our unofficial " artist in chief" and bolstered our country' s national identity? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking facade lay a surprisingly complex figure-- a lonely painter who suffered from depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He wound up in treatment with the celebrated psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. In fact, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. " What' s interesting is how Rockwell' s personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy," writes Solomon. " His work mirrors his own temperament-- his sense of humor, his fear of depths-- and struck Americans as a truer version of themselves than the sallow, solemn, hard-bitten Puritans they knew from eighteenth-century portraits." Deborah Solomon, a biographer and art critic, draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell' s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America' s brightest hopes. " The thrill of his work," she writes, " is that he was able to use a commercial form [that of magazine illustration] to thrash out his private obsessions." In American Mirror, Solomon trains her perceptive eye not only on Rockwell and his art but o

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andrea Gallo

Length:

19h 53m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

27:19


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

38:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

36:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

52:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

57:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

42:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

36:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

50:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

52:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

51:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

39:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

50:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

39:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

34:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

38:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

30:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

36:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

43:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

34:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:56