"Art imitates life and sometimes life imitates art." (Bruce Willis)
Norman Rockwell liked to incorporate a photograph or painting into his artwork, "bringing the inner artwork to life as it were." Art Critic features a young artist, palette in one hand, magnifying glass in the other, examining an ornately framed painting at the art gallery. The artist is studying the locket that the lady in the painting is wearing, intent on imitating the painter's technique.
To the artist's right is a larger canvas, also surrounded by a gilded frame, this one filled with three Dutch cavaliers who are unamused that he is examining the other painting. However, the lady in the painting is smiling, enjoying the extra attention. The young artist was modelled by Rockwell's son, Jerry, while the woman in the painting was modelled by Rockwell's wife, Mary.
Art Critic first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on April 16, 1955.