Great Barrington/Stockbridge

Perhaps, of all American artists, Norman Rockwell is the most indelible.

Perhaps, of all American artists, Norman Rockwell is the most indelible.

He captured the essence of American life, and distilled it into something to emulate.

Regardless what the elites of the art world think, I will never agree with them who believe he was merely an illustrator. How can they define Chuck Close or William Kooning  under the category of fine art – when they deny Norman Rockwell the same title because he used a camera?

The Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, CN is well worth visiting. It’s located on a property surrounded by Connecticut’s countryside, with many interesting townships close at hand.

An up close look at his work is included with the price of admission, and his studio, relocated to the property from town, gives intimate insight about the artist.

The museum’s collection of original Rockwell’s is, in no way, comprehensive, but, between visiting his studio and viewing the paintings they do have , the experience was very satisfying.

And don’t forget to have a meal at the Red Lion Inn. In the rear of the dining room is where he painted Freedom From Want. The actual table is still there.

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