Arkansas Business reports that Crystal Bridges, the Walton-financed American art museum under construction in Bentonville, has acquired Norman Rockwell's original "Rosie the Riveter."
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No price mentioned, but it is in the millions. The painting is shown in a Saturday Evening Post photograph by Dwight Primiano.
Rosie the Riveter joins Crystal Bridges’ Collection
BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 8, 2009 – Norman Rockwell‟s painting Rosie the Riveter, an immensely popular icon of the American work ethic, is now part of the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Painted for the May 29, 1943 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Rosie the Riveter depicts a strong, capable feminine figure on the home front work effort during World War II.
“Rockwell‟s thoroughly modern Rosie not only addresses the war effort as touching all American lives but a „can do‟ spirit and the emergence of women into the workforce during a time of national crisis,” said Chris Crosman, chief curator at Crystal Bridges. “She is emblematic of a sea change in American culture,” said Crosman. “Importantly, the artist‟s depiction celebrates, even helps to invent, due to mass distribution as a War Bond poster and magazine cover, the beginnings of gender equality.”
Well known for capturing idyllic, yet honest, images of American life, from Thanksgiving to baseball to topical subjects such as the Civil Rights Movement, many of Norman Rockwell‟s paintings became popular symbols of American values and turned multitudes of Americans into art enthusiasts.
Crystal Bridges‟ acquisition of Rosie the Riveter from a private collector will now give public audiences opportunities to share in this important painting‟s timeless spirit and transformative story.
About Crystal Bridges
Crystal Bridges is envisioned as a premier national art institution dedicated to American art and artists, learning and community gatherings. The museum takes its name from the unique glass-and-wood building design, created for the natural setting by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The entire complex will encompass approximately 100,000 square feet of gallery, library, meeting, and office space, a Great Hall, areas for outdoor concerts and public events, as well as sculpture and walking trails.
The museum will house a permanent collection of masterworks from American artists along with galleries dedicated to Native American and regional art and artists. The growing permanent collection is composed of paintings and sculptures by American artists from the Colonial Period through the modern era.
In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions drawn from national institutions will be displayed in the museum. The 100-acre site of the museum complex is located in Bentonville, Ark. For more information about Crystal Bridges, visit www.crystalbridges.org.