Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "The Stay at Homes (Outward Bound)"

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “The Stay at Homes (Outward Bound),” 1927. Painting for “Ladies’ Home Journal” illustration, October 1927. 39 1/4″ x 32 1/2″. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved. As featured in the exhibition, “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.”

Whether you’re the “stay at home” or “adventurous” type, there’s nothing like a visit to Norman Rockwell Museum, where there’s always something new to see!

This summer you can view original illustration art by Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper—two enduring American masters. The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator presents a rare look at the realist master’s 20-year career as a commercial artist; the exhibition has been attracting many visitors, who were previously unaware of this little-known aspect of Hopper’s career. The Unknown Hopper features more than 50 original Hopper drawings and paintings from the Whitney Museum of American Art, through a bequest from the artist’s wife, Josephine N. Hopper; New Britain Museum of American Art; Mead Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and other collections.

Also on view, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell returns some of Rockwell’s most popular paintings to Stockbridge from their successful nationwide tour. Highlights from our permanent collection include such classics as Triple Self-Portrait, Going and Coming, Girl at Mirror, The Art Critic, and The Problem We All Live With. Don’t miss these iconic works before they depart at the end of the summer for The Fondazione Museum in Rome, Italy (November 10, 2014 through February 8, 2015). Many of the works were created right here in town, and you can visit Rockwell’s original Stockbridge studio on our campus to get an idea of how the artist was inspired by his surroundings.

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Cover illustration for "Hotel Management," September 1924.

Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Cover illustration for “Hotel Management,” September 1924. Published by Ahrens Publishing Company, New York. Digital Image ©Whitney Museum. ©Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.

To top that off, the Museum is currently showing several rare, Norman Rockwell paintings from private collections, including Willie Gillis in Convoy, the unpublished Saturday Evening Post painting that recently sold at auction. A number of early Rockwell illustrations will also be on view, offering a fine showcase for the beginning of both his and Edward Hopper’s early artistic careers.

This summer Norman Rockwell Museum is truly your home for American illustration art.

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