Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years of Norman Rockwell’s “The Oculist”

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Jul. 22, 2024 - Oct. 23, 2016

401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, 21741
(301) 739-5727

Since its debut on the cover of Saturday Evening Post on May 19, 1956, Norman Rockwell’s painting of The Oculist has been a perennial favorite of baseball fans, young and old. This very special 60th anniversary “focus show” tells the story of how the painting was originally conceived and created, and how it became a treasured highlight of the WCMFA collection. Organized in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition includes original documents related to the creation and acquisition of the painting, as well as rarely seen photographs of studio models and compositional stage sets taken by Norman Rockwell himself.


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