In 1940, America’s favorite illustrator Norman Rockwell, his wife Mary and their three sons moved to the picturesque rural village of West Arlington, Vermont. The artist discovered a treasure trove of models.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Steve Haggerty who is author of Norman Rockwell’s Models: In and Out of the Studio (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023).
Haggerty’s book details these models’ lives, friendships with the artist and experiences in his studio. Haggerty and his family spent summers in West Arlington, near the border with Washington County in New York State.
The models were dairy farmers, carpenters, country doctors, soldiers, children and mechanics. The book describes challenges the models faced in their own lives and how these affected their expressions in the paintings.
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