Workers with the Winnipeg Art Gallery hang one of 40 original Norman Rockwell paintings which are part of the gallery's American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibition running March 2 to May 20.

The prolific work of internationally-renowned artist Norman Rockwell has arrived in Winnipeg.

On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) installed the last of 40 original works, which will hang on the walls as part of an exhibition titled American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.

“This is the first major exhibition of Norman Rockwell’s paintings and his graphic works in Canada,” said WAG executive director Stephen Borys. “Small-town America, urban life, politics and social issues ‘ they are all here encapsulated in this historic exhibition.”

Rockwell worked as the primary illustrator for the U.S.-based magazine Saturday Evening Post from 1916 until 1963 and produced more than 4,000 works over his lifetime.

“To have one artist following the development of a nation, of a people, from the first decade of the twentieth century to the eighth decade is extraordinary,” said Borys.

As well as his paintings, the exhibit also features a complete set of his 323 Saturday Evening Post covers and a group of rarely seen preparatory work and artifacts.

Borys noted the gallery has a “wealth of programming” planned to go along with the exhibit, including art-making programs and several scholarly talks.

“When you walk through these spaces … you see not just the documentation of American life, but we also see the evolution of an artist,” he said.

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