Monday, June 07, 2010
Norman Rockwell was a deeper, more sensitive painter than I had imagined. This reflection comes from reading The Essential Rockwell. Interestingly, Rockwell appreciated Jackson Pollock, the abstract expressionist, and attempted to paint in the modernist style on occasion. However, he was a figurative painter in this bones, with little aptitude for abstraction. Nevertheless, note the painting that "the connoisseur" is gazing at. Rockwell's paintings tell us much about the human condition, but more about "greatness" than about "misery"--to use Pascalian terms.