WASHINGTON (WWLP) - One of the Norman Rockwell Museum's best known works of art is on loan to the White House.
Rockwell's classic 1963 painting "The Problem We Live With" is on display just outside the oval office.
On Friday, June 15, several Norman Rockwell Museum officials had the honor of meeting President Barak Obama at the White House.
He requested the painting be displayed in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges' history-changing walk to school. Bridges is portrayed in the painting being protected by US Marshals amid a backdrop of racist graffiti.
Museum Director and CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt told 22News "The museum is thrilled to be able to share the painting with the nation and the President."
The painting will be on view at the White House until October 31. It will then head to Dayton, Ohio as part of the American Chronicle's traveling exhibit.
Moffatt said she expects the painting to return to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge by next summer.
Rockwell, one of the most popular painters in American history, was a longtime resident of Western Massachusetts.