“Hidden in Plain Sight: The other people in Norman Rockwell’s America by Jane Allen Petrick is an outstanding book about colored people in the paintings of Norman Rockwell. I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of the research and the words used in this inspiring book. It is a well thought-out book that follows the life and paintings of the great artist.
Jane Allen Petrick had a question in her heart and she did a lot of research to support her findings. This book is the result of her research and is very well written. It is tastefully done and left me with the feeling of great accomplishment.
Petrick’s book sets out to prove that the all American white artist Norman Rockwell did have colored people in his paintings. In many articles and different stories about the artist, she could find nothing written about the models of color in the paintings. It was like no one could see them or else were afraid to notice them.
Her quest is to prove to the world that Norman Rockwell indeed loved and included colored people in his paintings and it is alright to see them. I believe that she has done that and more. Hidden in Plain Sight is a must have book for all those who love the all American artist’s paintings. I highly recommend it for the great history lesson and the discoveries you will find in its pages. It will help you see with different eyes and appreciate more the artist and his work. It is a book worth every cent you pay for it. ”