Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Lineman: The Art Of Norman Rockwell

I recently came across an illustration of a lineman painted by the late, great artist Noman Rockwell.
The Lineman caught my attention as my late father, Edward M. Davis, was a lineman after serving in the Navy as a UDT frogman during WWII. 
The Lineman was used in a Bell Telephone advertisement, which stated that the lineman “helps get the message through.”
The Norman Rockwell Museum offers the below:
Humor and wit were central aspects of Norman Rockwell’s character. From his first Saturday Evening Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage, in 1916 to his thematic No Swimming paintings to The Gossips, Rockwell filled a societal niche by providing levity during times of great strife. As Pablo Picasso noted, “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” 

Through two World Wars, the Great Depression, civil rights struggles, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Norman Rockwell’s paintings presented Americans with a window into a more idyllic world.
Though Rockwell is often regarded for paintings that addressed serious issues occurring at the moment of their creation, a great deal of Rockwell’s oeuvre is reflective of his sense of humor and natural playfulness.
You can visit the Norman Rockwell Museum via the below link: 

Note: The above painting is Norman Rockwell’s self-portrait.

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