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HERMÈS ARLEQUIN KELLY 35cm PHW hand painted by ARTBURO Personalization, Norman Rockwell "The Connoisseur", 1962

Color: Ultra Violet, Etain, Bleu Lin, Bleu Abscur and Etoupe

Size: 35cm

Material: Clemence

Lining Material: Chevre

Stamp/Year: 2014 Square R

Hardware: Palladium

Shoulder Strap Drop: 17.5"

Handle Drop: 4"

Height: 10"

Width: 13.5"

Depth: 5"

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The Connoiseur

Norman Rockwell

Date: 1962

Style: Regionalism

Genre: genre painting

Media: oil, canvas

Location: Private Collection

  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. Rockwell constructed his painting in a manner similar to the work of artist Jackson Pollock. Journals in his library would have provided him with information about Pollock's process. Rather than paint the connoisseur and then surround him with the abstract image, Rockwell first produced the abstract as a separate and complete image. He was then able to position a cutout of his painting of the man over his abstract in order to test the final effect. Later, he combined the images for his final painting.