- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: DK; 1 edition (October 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756635209
- ISBN-13: 978-0756635206
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BSA Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts of America Hardcover – October 5, 2009
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There was also a great book by William Hillcourt ("Green Bar Bill") on Rockwell's work. It collected his calender artwork and some (too few) of his other Boy Scout work. It was a while before I could find a copy, but it became an important part of my collection of scouting works.
Now, in time for the BSA's 100th Anniversary, we have this excellent book presenting all of Rockwell's Boy Scout calender artwork, as well as Joseph Csatari's work, which continued the tradition. In addition, we see some of Rockwell's other Boy Scout artwork. And we get some great writeups and extra information about many of the pieces (and the people in them). For some, this is the first time I've seen them in larger size, and I picked up details I wasn't aware of previously.
If I have any complaint, its that with a few of the pieces, we don't get a large size color picture. One was reproduced in black and white, and a few were reproduced in smaller size, showing their use as Boys' Life covers and the like. I would have really liked to have seen all the pieces reproduces as full page color pieces.
But still, this is a great book, and one every scouting family should have.
The paintings are mostly full-page with the opposite page carrying the year and some background text about the picture. To avoid too many almost empty text pages several use detail blow-ups or Rockwell's reference photos to provide some visual background. As these paintings for the BSA span a large part of Rockwell's career you can see his technique evolving from a slightly soft use of paint in the 20s and 30s, a tightening up during the 40s, 50s and 60s and then a more impressionist or casual style from the mid-60s to his last work for the Scouts in 1976.
2010 celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the BSA movement so it's understandable that art, post-Rockwell is included. Joseph Csatari was a wise choice to carry on the calendar tradition and the book includes thirty-seven of his paintings. His technique is rather different to Rockwell's: I would call it a very professional 'commercial' photorealist style where as Rockwell's is more 'art' driven. Also Csatari's paintings are more symbolic situations rather than straight story concepts.Read more ›
Mr. Rockwell is my favorite artist.Now Mr Csatari (Norman Rockwell's successor) has put together a fantastic
chronicle of the B.S.A. history in art.
Anyone who wants it all in one book.This is it! nowhere else to go.Amazon is the place to find books like these.
With the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts what better time to buy this book.Anyone who has put the Scout uniform
on will remember the times in these pictures.
As soon as I received my book, I read it all the way through without putting it down.All in all,it's a great book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent reproductions; nicely laid out; informative text; a small history of the BSA, Norman Rockwell and aspects of American Society. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Don Lagerberg
This is a very well done book of Mr. Rockwell's art work about Scouts. My daughter is enjoying sharing it with her Cub Scouts to inspire them to be good scouts.Published on January 5, 2012 by GrandmaLael
Great book to have for those interested in Boy Scouting and the great Norman Rockwell. For this scouter many memories were revived from years ago.Published on December 1, 2011 by M. Carter
My son gave this book to his dad and he loved it. It reminded them both of the great times they had while participating in scout activities.Published on September 30, 2010 by Jan Walker