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To: RepoGirl
It isn't really fair to judge Rockwell from his Saturday Evening Post covers or the advertisements he illustrated.

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.

36 posted on 12/01/2006 12:04:17 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother; hellinahandcart; Republicanprofessor; MozarkDawg
Thanks for the reminder of what’s best at this site.

Michelangelo: The Prophet Isaiah

40 posted on 12/01/2006 12:17:32 PM PST by dighton
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To: AnAmericanMother
That's not a "shot" at J. Pollock. It's a whole friggin' artillery barrage, time on target. Absolutely nails him.

"Rosie" doesn't do much for me ... sorry, just not to my taste. The other two are excellent.

41 posted on 12/01/2006 12:21:13 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

I have never seen that last work you posted of violence in #30. Can you tell me more about it? The stoic image on the white man's face as he faces the shadows of the attackers is quite powerful. I don't see that on the cover of the Post (and the proportions are wrong).


51 posted on 12/01/2006 3:56:31 PM PST by Republicanprofessor
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To: AnAmericanMother

I wish you could post the two works together: Rosie the Riveter and Isaiah by Michaelangelo. The parallels are so compellying. You obviously know about them because you mentioned Isaiah in your post but - at least on my screen - the picture of Isaiah didn't come up.


64 posted on 12/01/2006 6:48:37 PM PST by ladyjane
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