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BSA Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts of America Hardcover – October 5, 2009

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Product Details

  • 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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When I was a scout, the paintings of Norman Rockwell set the tone of what scouting was. Or should be. When I got the 9th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, I loved the use of Rockwell's painting in it.

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.
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A handsome book of Rockwell's Boy Scouts of America work that rarely gets a look in with other books about him. The fifty paintings include all the Brown & Bigelow calendar work, some which were also used on the covers of Boys' Life magazine. The first calendar picture was in 1925 with a straightforward story-telling idea of a Scout bandaging a puppy's paw. About half the paintings use a Scout in this sort of story situation, the rest are more symbolic with a montage style: a Scout in front of the flag, an enlarged BSA logo or the Liberty Bell for example. I prefer the story paintings because Rockwell excels with this format after years of Saturday Evening Post covers.

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.
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For those of us that are boy scout volunteers, and past scouts, we fondly remember many of these paintings. Now we can have a permanent fixure on our coffee tables to refer to these great works of art for many years. Thanks for finally putting this together for all of us to enjoy - I highly recommend you get this for yourself.
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Awesome book. The anecdotes are great and the reproductions of the paintings are excellent. Anyone who has had connections with the Scouts will love this book.
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Being a Eagle Scout (class of 1973), I've been looking for a book with Norman Rockwell's art of the Boy Scouts.
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
to have.
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A great resource of artwork by the famous 20th century artist from New England who captured the spirit of America every week for years!! This book was published to celebrate the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary and a fine collection for anyone who can't easily travel to Stockbridge MA to see the famous artwork in person.
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I am really glad I bought this book. It is an absolute must for any Scout leader's collection. It would also make for a great gift for anyone involved with Boy Scouting or Cub Scouting.
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