January 27, 2010

The Art of Norman Rockwell

My family and I decided to spend a Saturday afternoon at the King of Prussia Mall in Philadelphia.  We had a wonderful time window shopping and eating at the food court in the upper floor.  The mall is so large that you could spend a whole day just browsing the sheer number of shops and stores available!

But our mission that day was honed on visiting the Norman Rockwell national touring exhibition.  It was amazing!  Some of his most popular art was recreated in real-life size and allows visitors to literally step into the paintings!  There is a lot of historical facts on American history that is peppered through-out and music that sets the mood as you pass from one painting to another.  There are statues and videos and movies and all sorts of great things to see and interact with.

Everywhere you looked there was another example of his fantastic artwork and explanations about what inspired him, when it was created, and even some information about the models he used.

When we finally reached the end of the exhibit we found a large room filled with examples and final versions of a large majority of his work.  They were on every wall!  It was amazing.  The man was a genius in his own right, successfully capturing his ideal America... the America we all wished it was.  He found a way to capture the best of our nation and remind us about the things that matter most.

Spending time in this exhibit was inspirational not just to me but to my brother and father who are strong critics.  And we were able to share our impressions and feelings with each other as we experienced the art together.  Good times. If you ever get the chance to see the exhibit I urge you to do it!

If you want to know more visit here: Norman Rockwell Exhibit.

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