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A first class biography of Rockwell by social historian Marling in the handy Taschen art series and certainly value for money. It covers Rockwell's career in enough detail to keep you interested and I liked the way his significant paintings get detailed explanations in the text, not only technique but how they related to the times.

Naturally, Rockwell's Post covers provide the largest number of images but there are some adverts and work for Look magazine after he left the Post. His increasing frustration with the narrow remit the Post allowed him regarding their covers is revealed and as he grew old Rockwell wanted to expand his subject matter and attempt paintings that had a social significance. Marling covers these themes which makes the book much more interesting than just a visual survey of his work.

All the paintings are in colour with some well researched black and whites of the artist, nicely designed and printed on reasonable paper. The back of the book has a bibliography though, strangely, no index. If you are new to Norman Rockwell I can recommend Thomas Buechner's magnificent `Norman Rockwell, Artist' (ISBN 978-0810981508) published in 1970 and reprinted over the years but the first edition has tipped in plates and large fold-outs of paintings. Later editions don't have these features. I also enjoyed `The Advertising World of Norman Rockwell' (ISBN 978-0517618080 ) by Donald and Marshall Stoltz, published in 1987. The only book to cover his ad art.
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on 5 March 2010
Good news: A really well presented book about a brilliant American popular artist. If you were switched on in the '70s you would recognize his work (often seen as magazine illustrations) even though his great skill was undervalued in Britain. Very interesting background and biographical content.
Bad news: Rockwell's output was phenomenal and although a reasonable representative selecton has been chosen to illustrate the book I was disappointed that it didn't quite amount to the visual feast I was looking forward to.
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on 9 March 2009
Great selection on Rockwells books regards his very much detailed art work Amazons prices very competive and of course they stock all his books.Also fast and informative delivery.
Rockwell you have to spend alittle time on every page, the detail and how he has captured every day life as well as displaying lifes funny moments.Amust for your coffee table ,just look and admire.
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