Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950) by Norman Rockwell

Shuffleton's Barbershop - Norman Rockwell - 1950

Artwork Information

TitleShuffleton's Barbershop
ArtistNorman Rockwell
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions46 1/4 x 43 in.
Art MovementRegionalism
Current LocationThe Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

About Shuffleton's Barbershop

The artwork “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” is a masterful oil on canvas by the celebrated American artist Norman Rockwell, dating from the year 1950. A work encapsulating the Regionalism art movement, it measures 46 1/4 by 43 inches. This genre piece depicting an interior scene, is part of the collection at The Berkshire Museum, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

In “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” Rockwell invites viewers into a warmly lit, quaint barbershop after hours. The vantage point is from outside, peering through a large, paneled glass window that reveals a rich narrative tableau. The shop is replete with meticulous details that bring the scene to life: a barber and his companions are gathered in a room beyond, where the barber seems to be playing a violin, engaging in a private moment of leisure and camaraderie. The interior is furnished with wooden walls and floors, and various period-appropriate barbershop accouterments such as chairs, shaving mugs, a sink, and a stove radiating a cozy warmth. The foreground of the artwork is dominated by a barber’s chair and a rack holding reading materials, reflecting a snapshot of mid-20th-century Americana. The composition is such that the viewer feels like an unnoticed observer, witnessing a slice of life from a bygone era. Norman Rockwell’s attention to detail, use of light, and his ability to capture everyday moments with such honesty and charm, underscore his reputation as a storyteller through paint.

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