Norman Rockwell, ‘Shadow Artist’, 1920
(George Lucas’ Collection)
“Lucas’s friend and collaborator Steven Spielberg is also known for collecting Rockwell’s paintings, and the two of them loaned many pieces from their collections for a Smithsonian show in 2010. Rockwell has obviously influenced their work, as Lucas told CBS News: ”You know, so many artists have a tendency to paint without emotion, without any connection to the audience. And both Steve and I are diehard emotionalists. We love to connect with the audience. Rockwell loved to connect with the audience.“ One could argue that a film like American Graffiti was a contemporary version of Rockwell’s slice-of-life Americana. This painting usually hangs in Lucas’s office”.