Harry Philbrick, curator of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, thinks much of the problem is those critics and museum directors who have never seen a Rockwell original, only poor to mediocre reproductions. He confesses, "...I didn't realize they were so big or that he was such an excellent painter...he is not just an illustrator. He is a first-rate artist." Cathy Osman, professor of fine arts at Marlboro College, Vermont, points out that the art community tends to favor "...the grittier, dark side of American life," of Hopper and John Sloan. Internationally, Paul Johnson, a British historian goes even further, "People do not like Picasso, they just feel they ought to, but they genuinely love Rockwell." In Japan, where some of his paintings have toured, they compare his work to the best of the scroll painters.
|Beyond the Easel, 1969, Norman Rockwell|
|Breaking Home Ties, 1954, Norman Rockwell|