Abbeville Press celebrates the birthday of renowned illustrator Norman Rockwell, born on February 3rd, 1894. Abbeville's Norman Rockwell Address Book, Norman Rockwell 332 Magazine Covers, and accompanying Tiny Folio are long-standing bestsellers.
332 Magazine Covers
A magnificent new printing of this classic album of Norman Rockwell’s best-loved works with full-color captions.
There 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 made their reputations in this field. None of them, however, achieved the immense and sustained popular success enjoyed by Norman Rockwell.
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. The picture seemed familiar because it was everyone’s dream of America; it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. Rockwell 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 best expressed this vision of America in his justly famous cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, painted between 1916 and 1963. All of his Post covers are reproduced in splendid full color in this oversized volume, with commentaries by Christopher Finch, the noted writer on art and popular culture.
In this latest printing of332 Magazine Covers, the thumbnail images accompanying Finch’s descriptive captions are printed in full color for the convenience of the reader, and the typography has been refreshed.
By Fred Bauer
This classic volume celebrates Norman Rockwell’s unique understanding of the American spirit.
This tribute to America’s best-known, best-loved illustrator takes the reader on an inspiring journey through Norman Rockwell’s vision of America, one that is still relevant today.
The author Fred Bauer visited Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Arlington, Vermont, talking to the people who lived with Rockwell and posed for his pictures, about whom the artist said, “If you are interested in the characters you draw and understand them and love them, why, the people who see your pictures are bound to feel the same.”
Represented here are more than one hundred Rockwell works, including iconic Saturday Evening Post covers, such as Saying Grace, Breaking Home Ties, and The Golden Rule; World War II images, such as the Willie Gillis series; portraits of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Statue of Liberty; and depictions of American holidays, family traditions, and worship.
With Bauer’s sympathetic text and Rockwell’s unforgettable images, the book o ers a picture of American hope and humanity, and of Rockwell’s optimistic faith in the nation and its people.
Fred Bauer wrote more than a dozen books and worked widely in communications.