Coming Of Age
Many of Rockwell’s most endearing works celebrate the joy of childhood. Featuring boys and girls enjoying a period of life when days are long and summer seems like it will never end, Rockwell’s paintings reflect his desire to “paint life as I would like it to be.” The artworks placed within the “Coming of Age” section are presented in chronological order determined by the subjects’ age. This allows the visitor to experience Rockwell’s sentimental vision of the innocence, emotion, and frivolity inherent in the natural evolution from childhood to adulthood, from Puppy Love toMarriage License.
The “Heroes” section includes several beloved paintings created by Rockwell which outline courage in the face of injustice, a desire to help those less fortunate, and a recognition of the men and women who have fought for freedom, through works such as The Runaway, Peace Corps, and The Problem We All Live With.