Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Behind the Camera

Book - 2009
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For the majority of his decades-long career, Norman Rockwell relied on a camera to help him render the iconic scenarios born in his imagination. Photograph by photograph, he painstakingly assembled the specific features he sought for his envisioned illustration, projecting whole or partial pictures of amateur models, objects and settings onto drafting paper, and from there, onto canvas.
Many of Rockwell's most famous works - including those reproduced for LIFE and the Saturday Evening Post - began behind the lens. Uncanny in their approximation to his final paintings and unknown outside a small circle of Rockwell specialists, his study photographs are among the most evocative ever taken by a painter and undoubtedly cast his brushwork in a new light.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316006934
Branch Call Number: 759.13 SCHICK
759.13 SCHICK
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm


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Apr 03, 2013

I love Rockwell's stuff and wasn't aware of his use of photography and models. It was really interesting to see the slight changes that Rockwell would make and how his final images would actually be produced. I don't think there will ever be another artist like him. Great book for his fans.

Apr 12, 2010

This book illustrates how he set up and photographed "scenes" to use for his painting. I am still trying to decide if it detracts from his work.


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