The boys and girls, now in their 70s and 80s, who came together two weekends ago to recall being models for Norman Rockwell’s paintings were part of the artist’s middle career. Fertile as it was, this is also the period that Rockwell’s detractors point to when accusing him of genial repression, of seeing only the charm, innocence, and good intentions of rural America. But Rockwell’s skeptics should take note of his edgier late career, when his paintings depicted scenes of racial intolerance.
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