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“Norman Rockwell was a cool guy.”

Golden Rule Norman Rockwell

One of our favorite paintings. This image is from the Norman Rockwell Museum website. Click on the image to go there.

That’s what Eliza said just now when I read this quote from the Norman Rockwell Museum website:

I’d been reading up on comparative religion. The thing is that all major religions have the Golden Rule in common. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Not always the same words but the same meaning.
-Norman Rockwell, The Norman Rockwell Album.

Norman Rockwell WAS a very cool person. A week ago we got to go see American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the BYU MOA (Museum of Art). It was a fabulous exhibit! OK: I’m biased. Mr. Rockwell has always been one of my favorite artists! I couldn’t wait to go see this exhibit. It did NOT disappoint in any regard. (Go! Go see it!)

I got to see the originals of some of my favorite works:

Day in the Life of a Little Girl Norman Rockwell

From NRM.org. Click on the image to go to the site.

 

Day in Life of Little Boy Norman Rockwell

From Best-Norman-Rockwell-Art.com. Click on image to go to site.

And I discovered some new favorites:

The Discovery Norman Rockwell

“Discovery.” From Best-Norman-Rockwell-Art.com. Click on image to go to site.

 

Freedom from Want Norman Rockwell

“Freedom from Want.” From NRG.org. Click on the image to go to the site.

 

Freedom of Speech Norman Rockwell

“Freedom of Speech.” Click on image to go to the NRG.org site.

 

Freedom of Worship Norman Rockwell

“Freedom of Worship.” Click on image to go to the NRG.org site.

 

"Freedom from Fear." Click on image to go to the site.

“Freedom from Fear.” Click on image to go to the site.

I didn’t know that Mr. Rockwell painted some incredibly touching paintings immortalizing the awful injustices of his day. To see this painting up close is to get a very, very small taste of this tragedy:

Murders in Mississippi Norman Rockwell

From NRM.org. Click on the image to go to the site.

…Which takes me back to his painting at the beginning: the Golden Rule. Norman Rockwell wanted us to celebrate life, family, freedom of religion, liberty, and all the beauty of daily living. He wanted us to embrace each other with kindness and decency. I love that. I honor that! I’m so grateful that God sent him to earth with the talents that He did, and that Norman developed those gifts and shared them so freely.

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