NORMAN ROCKWELL Norman Rockwell's art paints a picture of American life, so who better to create an August 1970 cover honoring America's then-king of late night? The painter — a favorite of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who collect his work — was doing portraits for the Saturday Evening Post in the '60s, says Joyce K. Schiller of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, "so this cover is in line with the illustrations he was creating in that decade." Rockwell's detail-oriented talent was hardly diminished when he painted this at age 76. "Notice how he conveyed the creases and wrinkles that were an essential part of Carson's face," says Schiller. "There is no sense of airbrushed features. Rockwell painted what he saw."
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