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This post comes to us from Emily Sesko, Curatorial Intern

Down comes Norman Rockwell, and up goes Pinocchio.

Walt Disney, Scene from Pinocchio, 1939, for the film Pinocchio, 1940, Celluloid painting (animation cel), Bequest of Helen Vibberts, 2008.88 LIC

Walt Disney, Scene from Pinocchio, 1939, for the film Pinocchio, 1940, Celluloid painting (animation cel), Bequest of Helen Vibberts, 2008.88 LIC

Beginning this week, kids rule! Visitors have a chance to catch a glimpse of an original animation cel from Disney’s 1940 film with our newly-installed show from the Low Illustration Collection, featuring illustrations, covers, and much, much more from publications intended for young readers. Gracing the walls in the Low Illustration Gallery now are some old favorites (like Mickey and Minnie, and a photograph from Walter Wick’s I Spy series) and some new friends, including seven illustrations by Nicholas Napoletano for a children’s book in the works by our very own Director Douglas Hyland. (more…)

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The Problem We All Live With, 1964. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). Oil on canvas. The Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge.

Illustration art has not  beeen consistently deemed a true art form in America.  There are a number of reasons that surface which create doubt in people’s minds about illustration’s status as “true art.”  For instance, illustrators must abide by the wants and needs of their clients and audiences, possibly restricting their own artistic freedom.  In addition, illustration is not usually viewed in its original form, as it is mass produced for publication use and sale.  The public does not see the illustrations in their original form.  Many believe that the increased availability of the produced prints devalue the original illustrations themselves.  There were thousands of original works destroyed by publishers due to lack of interest in the artwork after it had served its initial purpose.  There is something disquieting about handling illustrations in this way.  Due to the enthusiasm of many artists and educators today, illustration is increasingly recognized as a true art form. (more…)

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