“Keepers of the Flame,” the current exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, has been receiving rave reviews – but is only up for one more month. Fans of Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Rockwell owe it to themselves to catch this exhibit before it comes down October 28th, 2018.
This recent exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum has been garnering even more praise and attention than usual. “Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition” traces the connection between the three legendary artists and the roots of European painting.
Parrish’s lush fantasies, Wyeth’s exuberant compositions, and Rockwell’s humanistic portrayals make up the core of the exhibit – but that’s not all. “Keepers of the Flame” spans five hundred years with more than 60 works by 25 different American and European masters. 300 digital representations of work by 50 other artists round out the show.
Of course, the Norman Rockwell Museum is worth a visit even if you’re here after this amazing exhibit moves on.
Norman Rockwell in the Berkshires
Norman Rockwell loved the Berkshires. He spent his last years in Stockbridge and drew a lot of inspiration from the town for many of his later paintings. In fact, fans of Norman Rockwell may recognize parts of Stockbridge from the famed illustrator’s works. This is particularly true of Main Street. It was the focus of Rockwell’s famous “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” and retains its look, despite having been painted between 1956 and 1967. There’s even an annual Christmas celebration/reenactment in Stockbridge around the painting.
The Norman Rockwell Museum collection includes nearly a thousand original paintings, drawings, and sketches – the largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art in the world. The museum archives hold even more – over 100,000 items! Photographs, letters, fan mail, and things from his studio, including some of the furnishings.
Upcoming Exhibits at the Norman Rockwell Museum
Frank E. Schoonover: American Visions – November 10, 2018 through May 27, 2019
Gregory Manchess: Above the Timberline – November 10, 2018 through February 24, 2019
Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller – June 8 to October 27, 2019
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183 – Stockbridge, MA 01262
For more information, hours, and current exhibits, please visit: www.nrm.org
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