This is a very interesting article regarding Norman Rockwell and his private life and family anguish written by his granddaughter. She focuses on her grandparents marriage and also on the painting "Shuffleton"s Barbershop" presenting a description of how she, and quite possibly Rockwell viewed the painting. "I was now the observer standing right outside the barbershop longing to be a part of the music in the back room – the barbershop opened up to me and I was transported inside – I knew that I could enter the lit back room if I wanted to.
And that is the affirmation – it is the joy of art, of music, of community that saves us in those dark moments. It always saved Pop."
I love Norman Rockwell, illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post. More likely one of the great American artists. His work exemplifies what it is to grow up and be a part of a family in the United States. Thank you for sharing this article.