Norman Rockwell “Quotes” | American Artist (1894-1978)

June 4, 2009

Norman Rockwell “Quotes”

“Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller.”

“I cannot convince myself that a painting is good unless it is popular. If the public dislikes one of my Post covers, I can’t help disliking it myself.”

“I unconsciously decided that, even if it wasn’t an ideal world, it should be and so painted only the ideal aspects of it-pictures in which there are no drunken slatterns or self-centered mothers . Only foxy grandpas who played baseball with the kids and boys who fished from logs and got up circuses in the backyard.”

“Commonplaces never become tiresome. It is we who become tired when we cease to be curious and appreciative.”

“I used to sit in the studio with a copy of the Post laid across my knees,” Rockwell once wrote. “Must be two million people look at that cover,’ I’d say to myself. All looking at that cover. And then I’d conjure up a picture of myself as a famous illustrator, surrounded by admiring females, and being wined and dined by the editor of the Post, Mr. George Horace Lorimer.”

“The view of life I communicate in my pictures,” Rockwell wrote, “excludes the sordid and ugly. I paint life as I would like it to be.”

“If there was sadness in this creative world of mine, it was a pleasant sadness. If there were problems, they were humorous problems.”

“If a picture wasn’t going very well, I’d put a puppy in it.”

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