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    DescriptionThere are few more satisfying sights on a city street than a well-stocked newsstand, hung with a hundred or more magazines and periodicals, each competing for the attention of the potential customer. The American magazine cover enjoyed a Golden Age during the period that opened with the high speed color press, and ended when subscription sales grew to paramount importance. Dozens of gifted artists - from J. C. Leyendecker to John Held - made their reputations in this field. None of them, however, achieved the immense and sustained popular success enjoyed by Norman Rockwell.At the outset of his career, Rockwell was not the most likely candidate for long-term celebrity; he was just one of many skillful illustrators working within the conventions of the day. But there was something tenacious about his vision, and something uncanny about his access to the well-springs of public taste. Although technically he was an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer and, as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar - astonishingly so - and at the same time unique.It seemed familiar because it was everyone's dream of America; and it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. This was, perhaps, an America that never existed, and never could, but it was an America that the public wanted to exist. And Rockwell put it together from elements that were there for everyone to see, so that he was able to give it the look of documentary reality. He held up a friendly mirror to the society he lived in, and Americans have looked into this glass and seen themselves as warm, decent, hard-working citizens of a country bountiful enough to accommodate their boundless optimism.Rockwell helped preserve American myths, but, more than that, he recreated them and made them palatable for new generations. His function was to reassure people, to remind them of old values in times of rapid change.

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    Norman Rockwell
    332 Magazine Covers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Finch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 287 mm
    Height: 335 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 3,556 g
    ISBN 13: 9780789208545
    ISBN 10: 0789208547

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    BISAC V2.8: ART016000
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BIC subject category V2: AKLB
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART015020
    DC22: 741.6/52092
    LC classification: NC975.5.R62 A4 2005
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 741.652092
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA, AKLB
    Illustrations note
    332 full colour illustrations
    Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
    Publication date
    12 May 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Christopher Finch was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands, in 1939 and came to the United States in 1968 to join the curatorial staff of the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. His books include the best sellers Norman Rockwell's America, The Art of Walt Disney, and Rainbow, a biography of Judy Garland, which was turned into a film. His other books, as well as many articles for magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, have dealt with various aspects of contemporary painting and popular culture.