Season’s Greetings: The Holidays Illustrated

A Special Exhibition of Holiday Images from the Permanent Collection

November 24, 2017 through February 4, 2018

Season’s Greetings explores the themes of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and winter fun, through a festive variety of artworks and archival objects from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. Original paintings and drawings by Rockwell, the artist’s studio items, and imagery by illustrators working from Golden Age through today will be the focus of this festive installation highlighting the holidays as a central theme in published art.

Christmas Homecoming, Norman Rockwell. 1948. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, December 25, 1948. From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. ©1948 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Established in 1973 by Rockwell himself, the Norman Rockwell Art Collection Trust bestowed an initial 189 works by Norman Rockwell to the Museum. In 1976, the Trust was amended to include Rockwell’s studio and its contents. Since then, the Museum’s holdings have grown substantially through museum purchases, bequests, and gifts from avid collectors, artists’ families, and noted living illustrators. This exhibition represents just a sampling of the exceptional artworks and ephemera that has been gifted to the Museum by generous donors for over forty years.

In his autobiography My Adventures as an Illustrator, Rockwell reminiscence about how his father read the stories of Charles Dickens to him as he carefully sketched the characters. Inspired by this warm memory, he created several Christmas covers for The Saturday Evening Post based on the author’s tales. Christmas Trio, one of the original artworks acquired in the Trust, and presented in the exhibit, embodies the characters of Victorian England.

 The Museum staff has gained insight into Rockwell’s artistic process by cataloguing the contents of his last studio, in Stockbridge, which was a treasure trove of reference photographs and drawings. Also on display, several of the source materials for Skiers, an unpublished Post cover idea, include the original concept sketch and reference photographs featuring Rockwell at work on a snowy hillside. Another studio find, a rarely seen “Merry Christmas from the Rockwell’s” ink stamp, will be on view along with Rockwell family Christmas cards.

Committed to being a leader in the field of illustration, Norman Rockwell Museum has received donations of thousands of vintage tearsheets from American magazines from individuals who support this ambition. Also appearing in Season’s Greeting will be original covers from The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, and Good Housekeeping, highlighting the artistry of illustrators J. C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Known for his Dick and Jane children’s books, mid-century artist Robert Childress rendered a delightful picture of children tobogganing, and the late twentieth century is represented by the works of William Steig, Robert Cunningham, Jacqui Morgan, and Fred Eng.  Ice Skating in Pittsfield Commons, a donation by Berkshire painter, Laurie Cormier, is also sure to delight. Norman Rockwell Museum is grateful to all of the wonderful benefactors who made this exhibition possible.

~Barbara Rundback
Associate Registrar/Assistant Curator

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Original illustrations and studies by Norman Rockwell,  James Mongomery Flagg, Clyde O. DeLandDong KingmanMike MitchellJ. C. Leyendecker, William Steig ,  Thomas Nast, Maxfield Parrish, Fred Eng, Charles Dana Gibson, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Harrison Fisher, Tom Lovell, Jon Whitcomb, Jacqui Morgan, Robert Childress, Laurie Cormier, and Robert Cunningham.

IMAGES

James Mongomery Flagg (1877-1960) Pilgram Daughter
Cover illustration for Saturday Home Magazine, November 19, 1938
Clyde O. DeLand (1872-1947) The Beginnings of American Life
Advertising illustration for American Homebuilders
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) Saying Grace, Saturday Evening Post cover, November 24, 1951
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) Christmas Trio, Cover illustration for Saturday Evening Post, December 8, 1923
Dong Kingman (1911-2000) Free peoples of all creeds and of all colors living together in peace and harmony at Christmas Cover illustration for Famous Artists Magazine, vol. 3 no. 2, Winter 1954
Mike Mitchell (1920-2009) Merry Christmas from your faculty and school Cover illustration for Famous Artists Magazine, vol. 2 no. 2, Winter 1953
J. C. Leyendecker (1874-1951) Interwoven Socks for Christmas, advertising illustration for Saturday Evening Post, December 8, 1928
Unknown Photographer The Carolers Reference photograph for Franklin Mint Silver Christmas Plate Series, 1972
William Steig (1907-2003) Untitled Drawing [Christmas Jack-in-the-Box] Unpublished cover concept for The New Yorker

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VENUE(S)

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA      November 24, 2017 through February 4, 2018

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May 1 through November 12, 2017 (currently closed)

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The Museum is Closed:

  •    Thanksgiving Day
  •    Christmas Day
  •    New Year's Day

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Norman Rockwell Museum
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Route 7 runs north to south through the Berkshires. Follow Route 7 South to Stockbridge. Turn right onto Route 102 West and follow through Main Street Stockbridge. Shortly after going through town, you will veer to the right to stay on Route 102 West for approximately 1.8 miles. At the flashing light, make a left onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

Route 7 runs north to south through the Berkshires. Follow Route 7 North into Stockbridge. Turn left onto Route 102 West at the stop sign next to The Red Lion Inn. Shortly after you make the left turn, you will veer to the right to stay on Route 102 West for approximately 1.8 miles. At the flashing light, make a left onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

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Take the Ma ssachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West, getting off at exit 2 – Lee. At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto Route 20 East and then immediately turn right onto Route 102 West. Follow Route 102 West into Stockbridge Center (about five miles). Continue going west on Route 102 (Main St.). Shortly after going through town, you will veer to the right to stay on Route 102 West for approximately 1.8 miles. At the flashing light, make a left onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

from Albany and west: (one hour) Take I-90 east to exit B3 – Route 22. Go south on New York Route 22 to Massachusetts Route 102 East. Stay on Route 102 East through West Stockbridge. Continue on Route 102 East approximately 5.5 miles until you come to a blinking light at the intersection of Route 183. Make a right at the blinking light onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

(two-and-a-half hours) Take either the New York State Thruway or the Taconic State Parkway to I-90 East. Follow I-90 East to exit B3 – Route 22. Go south on New York Route 22 to Massachusetts Route 102 East. Stay on Route 102 East through West Stockbridge. Continue on Route 102 East approximately 5.5 miles until you come to a blinking light at the intersection of Route 183. Make a right at the blinking light onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

(one-and-a-half hours) Take I-91 North to the Massachusetts Turnpike. Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West, getting off at exit 2 – Lee. At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto Route 20 East and then immediately turn right onto Route 102 West. Follow Route 102 West into Stockbridge Center (about five miles). Continue going west on Route 102 (Main St.). Shortly after going through town, you will veer to the right to stay on Route 102 West for approximately 1.8 miles. At the flashing light, make a left onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

(five minutes)
Go west on Route 102 (Main St.). Shortly after going through town, you will veer to the right to stay on Route 102 West for approximately 1.8 miles. At the flashing light, make a left onto Route 183 South and the Museum entrance is 0.6 miles down on the left.

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