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Half length delicate profile sketch of young black child in white dress and bow in hair with Norman Rockwell: Drawings 1914-76 in black on left side

Norman Rockwell

Drawings, 1911-76

By (author) Stephanie Haboush Plunkett

£28.99

Publishing 25th Oct 2022
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    • The first book on the brilliant yet little-seen drawings of Norman Rockwell, spanning his six-decade career 
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    Before Norman Rockwell put paintbrush to canvas, he had a precise idea of what he wanted to create. A perfectionist and analytical thinker, Rockwell completed numerous preparatory drawings in the process of developing his paintings, much like the Old Masters before him. He worked in several stages, including thumbnail sketches and studies of particular details - culminating in a meticulous tonal drawing that served as a basis for the final painting. But Rockwell’s drawing was not only in the service of his painting: he also executed finished illustrations in pencil and charcoal; kept travel sketchbooks; and shared illustrated letters, caricatures, and comics with his family and friends.

    This abundantly illustrated book reveals the entire scope of Rockwell’s work as a draftsman. It reproduces the full sequence of preliminary drawings (and reference photographs) that led up to some of his most famous Saturday Evening Post covers - and it also presents a generous sampling of his standalone drawings, many of them rarely published. The text, by curators at the Norman Rockwell Museum, illuminates and contextualises the different aspects of Rockwell’s drawing practice.

    Norman Rockwell: Drawings, which accompanies an exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum, will be a must-have reference for artists and illustrators, and a delight for art lovers.

    About the Author

    Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is Deputy Director/Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum. She currently leads the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies and has organised many illustration-based exhibitions, including Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol; Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World; The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator; William Steig: Love & Laughter; and Ephemeral Beauty: Al Parker and the American Women’s Magazine, 1940–1960; as well as the international travelling exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Her most recent publication is Drawing Lessons from the Famous Artists School: Classic Techniques and Expert Tips from the Golden Age of Illustration.

    Specifications
    Publisher
    Abbeville Press
    ISBN
    9780789214102
    Publish date
    25th Oct 2022
    Binding
    Hardback
    Territory
    World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
    Size
    254 mm x 203 mm
    Pages
    256 Pages
    Illustrations
    200 b&w
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