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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-guptill; Eighth Printing edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702521302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702521300
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Guptill wrote this book about America's favorite illustrator at the height of his career, back in 1946. His career had another twenty years to go at that point, including at least 70 more of his famous Post covers. This book is a snapshot and retrospective of his work up to that time.

You won't find the usual biographic data here: parents, childhood, and the rest. Instead, this praises the illustrator who had captured the country fondness and respect by capturing its image - the image that America wanted to have of itself. Small wonder the country wanted to know more about the man who knew so much about them, or at least about their hopes and dreams.

Rockwell adopted a chatty, conversational tone with the author. He described every aspect of his working process, including the professional, conceptual, and painstaking technical steps he went through. The book is profusely illustrated with his preliminary sketches and drawings, as well as some photos of biographical interest. A few paintings appear in color, but the large majority are black and white, often of indeterminate contrast or focus. Remember the purpose of this book, though. This isn't a gallery of his work; instead, the reproductions serve to illustrate his career. Most appear in only enough detail to remind the familiar reader about the general structure of any given piece.

Decide what you want - a collection of Rockwell's idealized images, or a look at the man himself. If you want just the pictures, this might disappoint you. If you want an introduction to Rockwell as person and artist, you'll find a lot to like.

--wiredweird
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Guptill wrote this book about America's favorite illustrator at the height of his career, back in 1946. His career had another twenty years to go at that point, including at least 70 more of his famous Post covers. This book is a snapshot and retrospective of his work up to that time.

You won't find the usual biographic data here: parents, childhood, and the rest. Instead, this praises the illustrator who had captured the country fondness and respect by capturing its image - the image that America wanted to have of itself. Small wonder the country wanted to know more about the man who knew so much about them, or at least about their hopes and dreams.

Rockwell adopted a chatty, conversational tone with the author. He described every aspect of his working process, including the professional, conceptual, and painstaking technical steps he went through. The book is profusely illustrated with his preliminary sketches and drawings, as well as some photos of biographical interest. A few paintings appear in color, but the large majority are black and white, often of indeterminate contrast or focus. Remember the purpose of this book, though. This isn't a gallery of his work; instead, the reproductions serve to illustrate his career. Most appear in only enough detail to remind the familiar reader about the general structure of any given piece.

Decide what you want - a collection of Rockwell's idealized images, or a look at the man himself. If you want just the pictures, this might disappoint you. If you want an introduction to Rockwell as person and artist, you'll find a lot to like.

//wiredweird
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By Sue on December 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Arthur Guptill published this book in 1946 and it remains a jewel. My mother had reprints of Norman Rockwell's illustrations handing in our den when I was a child. Nothing says "home" like a work painted by Rockwell. The book is a combination of the story of Norman Rockwell's life and marvelous prints of his many works. No doubt you will enjoy the many classic illustrations much like the one on the cover.
The book includes Rockwell's - "The Four Freedoms" and "Thirty Years of Rockwell POST Covers 1916 - 1946."
There is no better gift for a parent or grandparent. It is a welcomed blast from the past.
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By gina r wilson on December 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son the art major, loved it. Norman Rockwell is his favorite artist! Speedy shipping and for an older used book it was in good shape.
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