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Illustration for “Look,” May 16, 1967.

At 73, Rockwell had lost the energy to develop his work in the painstaking way of the previous half-century. Now he would often omit the intermediary step of preparing a detailed charcoal drawing before proceeding to paint in oil. In addition, his color perception was diminishing due to cataracts. Still, his work continued to reach an appreciative audience.

In his illustration of suburban integration in Chicago’s Park Forest community, Rockwell was secure in expressing his philosophy of tolerance. We can see the children will soon be playing with each other, but the face peering from behind a window curtain makes us wonder how the adults will fare.

Painting for "Look" story illustration “Negro in the Suburbs” by Jack Star, May 16, 1967
Norman Rockwell Art Collection Trust

Details

  • Title: "New Kids in the Neighborhood (Negro in the Suburb)"
  • Creator: Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Credit Line: © Norman Rockwell Family Agency. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. All Rights Reserved.
  • Rights: © Norman Rockwell Family Agency. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. All Rights Reserved.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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