Original Norman Rockwell paintings exhibited at Birmingham Museum of Art

September 17, 2012 by  

One of America’s most iconic 20th century artists, Norman Rockwell , painted tender, humorous, and thought-provoking scenes that were featured weekly for over 50 years on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

Now, every last one of the original paintings featured on the Post’s cover is currently being displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art until January 6, 2012.

Rockwell’s paintings were like a reliable old friend for Americans during the tumultuous 20th century. His paintings captured scenes that depict everyday moments of life in a way that renders them timeless and powerful.

1964’s ‘The Problem we all Live With’ starkly displays the disturbing realities of segregation in a scene of six-year-old Ruby Bridges walking to a previously all-white Little Rock school while being escorted by national-guard troops. 1958’s ‘Runaway’ offers a charmingly humorous scene of a young ‘runaway’ boy being confronted by an imposing police officer at a classic American diner. Another notable work is 1954’s ‘Girl at the Mirror’, which offers the simple but delicate moment of a young girl looking at her reflection in a mirror.

Although Rockwell’s content is the most captivating aspect of his work, he was also an extremely talented painter. The full splendor of his colorful paintings beams out in the originals.

The exhibition is expected to draw visitors from surrounding towns like Alabaster and even as far afield as Mobile, and everyone from artists to parents to printing companies will probably gain something of value from the paintings. Admission is $15 per person.