They're quite refreshingly uncynical and ironic. And if most Po Mo artists could paint/draw this well, they would... and its making them eat their hearts out.
When you're working for a client you have to give them what they want. . . . and what the Post wanted was a certain amount of schmaltz.
A Rockwell exhibition toured Atlanta a number of years ago, and I've always liked the American realist painters, so off we went. It was a revelation! His easel paintings are brilliant - and seeing even the Post covers in the original oils is a different story. Rockwell had an excellent grasp of color, composition, and the technical details of painting. He also could pastiche the style of almost any period with ease.
Michaelangelo- the prophet Isaiah.
The Dutch Masters
. . . he even got in a shot at Pollock.
Just an illustrator. Right.