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Norman Rockwell walked into the offices of The Saturday Evening Post in 1916, a bold young art student with a portfolio of pictures under his arm, and walked out as the new cover artist for America's favorite magazine. So began Rockwell's career and the unique love affair between the artist and the American public-spanning five decades, over 300 covers and many more acclaimed works. In 1993, his place in art history was secured with a museum dedicated to his art.
Norman Rockwell's paintings bridge the era from the horse and buggy to the landing of a man on the moon. In his portraits of daily life, he chronicled everyday people while capturing essential truths about human strength and weakness, success and failure. When speaking of a Rockwell painting, one can truly say "a picture is worth a thousand words." In some ways Rockwell painted a better world than really existed, but his is a world that we can dream about, a world we can share.
V.I.E.W. Video is proud to present this PBS special, Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait, narrated by 3-time Emmy Award nominee Mason Adams. This classic program features the art of Rockwell, commentary and remembrances from art historians, close friends and the artists himself- an entertaining celebration of Norman Rockwell's American Legacy.