(1 hour 28 minutes)
Rockwell’s paintings of America are largely idealistic propaganda. They show people who care for each other, even strangers. Interestingly, some 20 years after Rockwell began his career, similar paintings appeared in the Soviet Union after Stalin mandated “Socialist Realism” in the arts, and this country --- except for Rockwell --- more often exhibited the seedy side of life. In any case, Rockwell’s illustrations were extremely popular in this country, and they brought him both fame and fortune within his lifetime. One thing he did not receive during his lifetime was recognition as an “artist”. A special feature of this video is the inclusion of the woman who posed for “The Shiner”, a very popular painting at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Join Jack Brin for today’s film and conversation about American art at Prosser Public Library in the community room. Jack Brin is an arts and music enthusiast and a former mathematics professor at Western New England College.
Registration is appreciated.