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Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

Virginia Mecklenburg with Todd McCarthy

Copublished with Abrams
252 pp.: ill. (88 color, 63 black and white)
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9651-9

Hardcover, $65.00 $48.75

Softcover, $35.95 $26.96

Norman Rockwell's pictures tell stories—of children growing up and of couples growing old—that make us laugh with warmhearted recognition. Rockwell was a master humorist with an infallible sense of the dramatic moment. Like a movie director, he determined the pose and facial expression of each character, positioned each prop, and lighted his sets for maximum scenic effect. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg encountered Rockwell's magazine covers as boys. The painter's stories, and the ideals they reflect, fascinated these two friends and sometime collaborators and drew them to value, and collect, the work of Norman Rockwell. In this book, Virginia Mecklenburg traces Rockwell's career using works from the collections of Lucas and Spielberg as guideposts. She also explores Rockwell's fascination with Hollywood and his elaborate creative process wherein he assumed a role remarkably like that of a film director. In a separate essay, Todd McCarthy describes Rockwell's cinematic techniques and draws parallels between Rockwell's subjects and those of Hollywood directors, including Lucas and Spielberg.