During much of his lifetime, prolific American artist Norman Rockwell was shunned by art critics for portraying idealized images of American life.
While he gained some recognition for his later work, which focused on more serious subjects such as racism, the adjective "Rockwellesque" – referring to his sentimental illustrations – maintains a negative connotation. But this style has since become an American icon, and it will be on display at the Crocker Art Museum's Rockwell exhibition that begins in November.
From Nov. 10 through Feb. 3, 2013, "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" will exhibit over 50 paintings and 323 original Saturday Evening Post covers, which encompass his themes of family, innocence and hometown heroism.
The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St. in Sacramento. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and older) and college students, $5 for youths (7 to 17), and free for children 6 and under.
For more information: (916) 808-7000, or www.crockerartmuseum.org