The Connoisseur, January 1976, Hearst Corporation, New York, NY.
Norman Rockwell is often considered the titan of American storytelling and nostalgia, but John Falter was right there at his heels telling similar stories about average Americans making their way through the daily calamity of life. And where Rockwell would go tighter, on just one or several characters, Falter would go wider and grander with whole scenes offering bits of storytelling—drama, humor, tragedy, romance and so much more—unfolding at numerous points in his scenes. A perfect example of this is Centennial Fourth of July. The year after it was made, it was included in the art magazine The Connoisseur with this text: “John Falter, one of America’s most gifted illustrators, shows his love for his country in this happy version of an early Western Fourth of July celebration.”
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