Currently on exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida is Norman Rockwell: American Imagist. The show features original tear sheets from all 323 Saturday Evening Post covers Rockwell illustrated between 1916 and 1963, as well as over thirty original oil paintings and studies by the artist. This exhibit is on tour, and after it closes in Naples on April 11, 2009, it will travel to The National Museum of American Illustration in Rhode Island, where it is scheduled to open May 31.
The curator of Norman Rockwell: American Imagist, Judy Goffman Cutler, along with her husband, Lawrence, have made a significant contribution to American illustration over the past thirty years. Not only have the Cutlers written several books on illustrators, including the recently published J.C. Leyendecker monograph I reviewed in an earlier post, but they have also assembled the world's largest private collection of American illustration art and memorabilia. Their collection forms the basis of the National Museum of American Illustration, housed at Vernon Court in Newport, Rhode Island.
The images in this post are some of the originals which appear in the exhibit.