Beverly Sacks -- This painting is a work by Noel Rockmore (1928 - 1995), an American painter and a native son of New Orleans. He was a colorful character who loved women and jazz, along with booze and drugs. When he was in his twenties, he had a one-man show of his work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was the son of two noted American painters, Gladys Rockmore Davis and Floyd Davis. This painting titled The Picnic could also be viewed as the Last Supper. It is open to all interpretations. The location could possibly be Coney Island. And we think he painted himself into the picture; please look at the man in the lower right-hand corner of the painting.
Starting in his early twenties Rockmore began to be included in exhibitions and collections of the most prestigious museums in the world. Rockmore reached what for most artists would have been a career pinnacle when he was given a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1952 at age 24. His work is found in such prestigious collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia, the Hirshhorn and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Private collectors include such notables Jimmy Buffett, Raphael Soyer and the late Vincent Price who had 100 works.
Rockmore asserted that the message in his art is "the inevitability of our decline." the son of New York artists, Floyd Davis and Gladys Rockmore Davis, Noel began studying painting when he was nine years old, and in 1947 he enrolled in the Art Students League in New York. His first studio was in the Bowery, where he painted the derelicts he saw on the street. Other subjects that fascinated him were the behind the scenes life of the circus and the amusement park at Coney Island.
Rockmore made his first visit to new Orleans in 1960 and set up a studio there in the house of artist Paul Ninas; soon he was spending his winters in the New Orleans. In 1962, he began in a systematic way to paint the old jazz musicians playing at Preservation hall in the French Quarter. During performances he made quick preliminary studies in polymer; his subsequent large oils were each painted during a single sitting in his studio.
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