New collection of Norman Rockwell paintings offers some good, old-fashioned entertainment for Father’s Day.
It’s always been a pleasure to take time-out and casually browse through the work of one of my favourite artists, the outstanding Norman Rockwell, and this Father’s Day inspired collection from Abrams Books is no exception. Norman Rockwell’s Treasury for Fathers proves to be the absolute definition of heartwarming innocence, which I prescribe to all of those feeling depressed and over-subjected to an increasingly grim mainstream media. Far removed from the noise and distractions of TV, smart-phones and computer-games, this collection of 100 Rockwell paintings blends with traditional poems, games, sporting facts, songs and stories (including excerpts from the classics of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson) to create the perfect world in which to indulge and purge of all those modern-day stresses. It goes without saying that the artwork is superb throughout and flicking from Rockwell painting to Rockwell painting while picking up a few Baseball terms and fishing tips along the way seems to be exactly what his work was made for. The letters by famous historical figures such as Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell written to their own children are particularly enjoyable and perfectly match Rockwell’s work in tone and sentiment.
Fans of Norman Rockwell will undoubtably already have much of the work on show here in other books, but those who are being introduced to it for the first time are in for a real treat. Either way it’s one to clear time out of the busy schedule for, settle down with a cup of tea and enjoy, and I imagine any Father would appreciate that.