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