A GIFT FOR DELUSION
That artist was Norman Rockwell.
Was Rockwell's sweet vision of small town America nothing but a cynical charade?
I don't think so.
We each perceive the world through our own personal filter. Sometimes artists employ a more active filter than others; perhaps it's a natural defense to their chronic poverty and lack of success with the opposite sex. Below, some artists have fun with the disparity between reality and their artistic vision:
Personally, I don't think think Rockwell was trying to con his audience. His art had less to do with the illusion of reality than the reality of illusion.