Norman Rockwell (American, 1894–1978). The Tattoo Artist, 1944. Oil on canvas, 43 1/8 x 33 1/8 in. (109.5 x 84.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 69.8
November 19, 2010–April 10, 2011
Beginning in the late 1930s, Norman Rockwell adopted photography as a tool to bring his illustration ideas to life in studio sessions. Working as a director, Rockwell carefully staged his photographs, selecting props and locations, choosing his models, and orchestrating every detail. He created an abundance of photographs for each new subject, sometimes capturing complete compositions and other times combining separate pictures of individual elements. These photographs were the focus of a recently completed two-year project at the Norman Rockwell Museum that preserved and digitized almost 20,000 negatives. For the first time, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera presents these study photographs alongside his paintings, drawings, and related tear sheets to offer a fascinating look at the artist’s working process.
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with guest curator Ron Schick.
The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions.
Additional support is provided by the Norman M. Feinberg Exhibition Fund.
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Awesome. I loved seeing people moving their heads back and forth comparing the photos with the studies and illustrations. Wasnt very spacious though. Overall great though.
It's amazing how he planned ahead and staged exactly the scene he ended up paining
I like the Gossip painting. The Gossip painting and the Chicago Dugout painting.
I had no idea he worked in photography to create his paintings. Really enlightening.
good interpretation. i enjoyed seeing the photo studies next to the final prints
Wow, this exhibit was the best ever. Please see this!