Norman Rockwell's work is a deeply sentimental and sometimes kitschy view of the rosier side of things, and his name has become synonymous with the romantic views of America, traditions that make your parents ambitiously invite your whole, weird family to Thanksgiving dinner even though they won't stop being weird. But did you know that Rockwell's work was carefully staged? In an interview (below) with some of the painter's earliest subjects, NPR reveals that in fact, Rockwell carefully constructed still images before painting them. Critics differ on whether this makes him more or less legitimate, but Rockwell once explained that in photographs, he was able to capture "details and accidents of light" that he would have missed otherwise.
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