Current Location:
Building C (DEV) -> 2nd Floor (DEV; C)
Location Notes:
DEV; Building C; 2nd fl; Between rm. 239C and 231C

The Connoisseur

Artwork
Identifier:
2011.95.14
Artist:
Norman Rockwell
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Giclée
Date:
circa 2010
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 26 in Width: 22 in
Description:
Man in grey suit holding a white hat and black umbrella with his back facing the viewer is looking at artwork (Pollock?).
Historical Context:
In 1961, Rockwell's studio was temporarily transformed into an abstract expressionist's workplace as he painted The Connoisseur, a painting about the relationship between conventional and modern art. Always fascinated by modern and abstract art, Rockwell designed a cover in which he could acknowledge his appreciation of the genre. By placing his back to us, he leaves the interpretation of the museum visitor's reaction to the viewer. If we can assume that he is a surrogate for Rockwell, we may also assume that the gentleman is smiling approvingly. This oil on canvas painting was first reproduced on the January 13, 1962 edition of the Evening Post.