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Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays exhibition opens Nov. 13 at Upcountry History Museum

Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays exhibition will help kick off the holidays in the Upstate when the exhibit and four of Rockwell’s full-sized original oil paintings go on display on Saturday, November 13, at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville.

Considered America’s most prominent 20th-century illustrator, Rockwell was an astute visual storyteller and masterful painter who captured the emotions, humor, and memorable faces of the mid-20th century in his iconic works.

Christmas Trio, 1923. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, December 8, 1923, Norman Rockwell Museum Collection.

During his 47-year affiliation with The Saturday Evening Post, Rockwell was celebrated for his special holiday cover illustrations, which were commissioned to mark a full spectrum of annual events from Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year to Valentine’s Day and April Fools’ Day.

Among his best-known illustrations are scenes that capture the essence of American holiday traditions. Whether it is the presentation of mouth-watering turkey at the Thanksgiving table or a rosy-cheeked Santa checking his list to see who’s naughty or nice, the illustrations simply convey Americana. In a rapidly changing world, Rockwell’s art has been a reassuring guide for more than six decades, and it continues to resonate today.

The exhibition at Upcountry History Museum features more than 40 of Rockwell’s most memorable holiday images and four of his original oil paintings. Additionally, the Museum, in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum, will also display other drawings and artifacts which are on loan from the Stockbridge, MA, Museum.

The exhibition will be on display at Upcountry History Museum through February 27, 2022.

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Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC, 864-467-3100, upcountryhistory.org.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Images courtesy of Upcountry History Museum.

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