Dreams of an Artist
Text by Norman G. Gautreau
The Art of Norman J. Gautreau
Art Photography by Carol Gautreau Bent
Foreword by Roland Merullo
For more than fifty years the art of Norman J. Gautreau of Revere, Massachusetts, has given pleasure to thousands. Prints of his paintings hang in numerous households and offices throughout the country, extending even to Italy and Hawaii.
His paintings chronicaling the history of Revere Beach have especially gained widespread poularity for their evocation of at ime long past but remembered by many.
At last, his work, including many paintings never before reproduced as well as his entire collection of Revere beach paintings, is available in this single volume. They tell a riveting visual story of a man who came of age during the Great Depression, saw the ravages of World War II, suffered a devastating blow to his eyesight yet in all that item never lost his dream of a better world--a world he captured in his pictures and which he shares with you in this beautiful book.
Now in his late eighties, Norman J. Gautreau resides in Revere, Massachusetts, with his wife Rose in the same house in which they have lived for more than fifty years.
Praise for Gautreau
"My good friend Norman Gautreau exemplifies everything that is wonderful about Revere--warm, caring, family oriented and proud of his city. His artwork has captured Revere's historic past and will be a treasure for future generations to cherish. Norman's legacy will endure forever.
-- Massachusetts Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein
"Stockbridge had Norman Rockwell, Revere has its Norman Gautreau"
-- Joanne Stack, President Revere League of Special Needs
Norman Gautreau's art magnificently captures the color and culture of Revere. He conjures perfectly the smell of popcorn and sea air --- the same breath of excitement I appreciated as a boy riding a bus from Malden with my family to the beach for a day of sun and soda pop.
-- Congressman Ed Markey, U.S. House of Representatives
Norman Gautreau's paintings of Historic Revere Beach stir vivid memories of youthful pleasures for anyone raised in this great city. His vision of a vibrant, sparkling beachfront continues to inspire our efforts to restore Revere Beach to its past grandeur.
-- Thomas G. Ambrosino, Mayor, Revere
Norman G. Gautreau