Americana October 2001
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Like a cross between Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop and King's Needful Things, Rockwell has created a most bizarre collage of items in this incredibly detailed painting. Some of the images are comical, like the little girl holding the skunk, and each of the dolls having the head of the old shopkeeper. Some are a little threatening, such as the goat's legs on the doll, and the man's leering image in the mantle clock. One look at the message on the potbellied stove explains it all, however, as it can clearly be seen that the artist is just having fun with his talent and is playing an April Fools' Day joke on his viewers. Produced in the 1940's this work still stands as one of Rockwell's most intricate. For those of us who like to study his paintings for meanings that may or may not be present or implied, this work is a visual feast that will keep us busy for some time. Rockwell must have had a blast with this one. His trademark signature is even backwards. Now then, how many times does the little girl appear in this painting, anyway? The unmatted area of this print measures 21-1/2" x 22-1/2". The big image is quite striking, and the details are far more discernable in this large scale. It is an Artist's Proof, not the more common numbered version, with a beautiful signature from America's favorite illustrator/artist!
Norman Rockwell's Signed Artist's Proof of "April Fool"
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