Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Shopping
Antique & Vintage Shop and Mall
Collectics Speed Shopping
Featured Sale Consignments
Site Search
Collector Books, Reviews, Education
Antiques & Collectibles Bookstore
Collector Books Topic Search
Collector Book Reviews
Antique Price Guides Slideshow
Antiques Information & Education
Online Museums & Directories
Art Deco & Art Nouveau Museum
Tiffany Lamps & Glass Museum
Museum & Historic Site Directory
Collecting & Design Directory
Discover Collectics Variety
Cool Stuff
Collectics Coupon Outlet
Sponsored by:
Vintage Sunglasses Shop - Authentic vintage Revo, Ray-Ban, Armani, Carrera, Alpina, Cazal, Persol, Vuarnet, Bolle, Oliver Peoples, and French cat's eye sunglasses!
Collectics Antique & Vintage Sale Coupon: Save 10% On Entire Order!

The Collectics Antiques Information & Education pages are designed to further knowledge of antiques, collectibles, collecting styles, periods, artists, designers, and manufacturers of fine and decorative arts. To learn more, our Antique Collector Bookstore lists only the best collector books and price guides, complied by surveys of top antique dealers and auction houses. For a different shopping experience, you can also browse our featured selections in a fun new way with the Antique Price Guides Slideshow or see current bestsellers by using Collector Books Topic Search.

The World of Collectics

Low Prices - High Quality: Antique & Vintage Shop!

Antiques Information & Education Home Page

Browse Categories With Pictures: Speed Shopping!
"prices 30% below your local antique shop or vintage store plus free shipping." Collectibles Guide 2010
Peanuts © United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
Collectics Customer Appreciation Sale Coupon: Save 10% On Entire Order!
While many people recognize Norman Rockwell as an artist, he considered himself an "illustrator" considering that his paintings were the means by which he fulfilled his commissions for magazines and advertising. Given the fact that original Norman Rockwell oil paintings now sell for sums in excess of $1 million, the facts would seem to be moving toward artist. At the time he painted, the paintings were considered to have little or no value and as such were often simply given away. Some were retained by the ad agencies who commissioned the work, often more by afterthought than by design.

Norman Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894, and at the early age of 14 he entered a presigious art school to realize his passion since childhood of becoming an artist. Attending the prestigious National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, he studied with some of the great artists and illustrators of the time such as Thomas Fogarty. By the age of 16, he was earning his first commissions doing cards and illustrations, and he was hired as the art director at Boy's Life Magazine where he developed his lifelong passion for the scouts, later to enter his work in multiple ways.

Rockwell executed his commissions by staging a set and specially selected props for his illustration, and then he drew the result. This was a consistent pattern for all of his work from ad work to Saturday Evening Post covers, considered by Rockwell to be the "greatest show window in America, "for which he is most famous. Eventually, his work would appear on the covers of 321 editions of the Saturday Evening Post. His early work was done almost totally in the presence of the physical set, while later in life he used photography to capture the settings, and then he worked from the photos. He usually began his work with a pencil or charcoal drawing to capture the basic lines and forms, sometimes followed by studies in oil during which he experimented with alternatives he was considering. Only then did Rockwell begin the final oil painting. By all accounts, Norman Rockwell loved to paint, and he painted whether for a commission he had secured or simply for his own enjoyment.

Norman Rockwell c. 1960
Most Rockwell paintings were also translated into a finite number of signed and numbered lithographs. Most Rockwell lithographs were produced by either Ettinger, Abrams, or Circle Fine Art, and all bear pencil signatures and edition numbers. While this is not true of all works, most Rockwell paintings were printed in editions of 200, with 65 artist proof lithographs on "arches" paper and the remainder on paper with full margins around the perimeter of the work. Rockwell prints were produced as both lithographs and as lesser known collotypes, using a slightly different printing technique and a different kind of coated paper.

While best known for his Saturday Evening Post covers, Rockwell was also well known for other work such as his boy scout prints. Many American families used dinnerware during and after his lifetime that bore classic Rockwell images, and inexpensive prints were produced in large numbers. The Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Massashusetts has one of the world's finest collection of Rockwell paintings, left to the museum by Norman Rockwell upon his death at home in Stockbridge in 1978.

Ever been fooled by a fake or a seller that didn't deliver the goods as described? At Collectics, we authenticate and stand behind everything we sell, at prices "30% below your local antique shop" according to Collectibles Guide 2010. Please browse our main Antiques & Collectibles Mall to find a treat for yourself or a great gift for others, all with free shipping. Thanks for visiting and shopping at Collectics!

Antiques Information & Education Home Page

Buy finer art, prints, and needlepoint on the Collectics Fine Antiques and Art pages, or use our convenient Search Engine!

Sell or consign authentic Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Currier & Ives, and other finer lithographs at Collectics, where we earn our customers' trust everyday!
Read about our top performing national consignment program for estate and personal collections.

Collectics Antiques & Collectibles Collector Bookstore

Only the best collector books and price guides on collecting antiques and collectibles, plus Topic Search & top rated Collector Book Reviews!

Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People Louis Icart: The Complete Etchings
Art Deco: 1910-1939
Cool Coupons & Promo Coupon Codes for Disney, Brookstone, Avon, Netflix, eBags, and more @ our Coupon Site!
Click On Collector Book Price Guides For Details Or Visit Our Antiques & Collectibles Bookstore
Search Now: Earth's Biggest Store!
The Lamps of Tiffany
Collector Book Purchases & Advertising Support Our Free Online Museums, Antiques & Collectibles Information, and Directories - Thank You!
Schiffer Books For Collectors: Collector books and price guides by top antique appraisers & experts!
Display Cases for collectibles, figurines, diecast cars, sports memorabilia, dolls, and more!
Copyright © Collectics. All rights reserved.