(American, 1894 - 1978)
“Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”
- Norman Rockwell
America’s Most Beloved Artist, Norman Rockwell, was born in New York City on February 3, 1894. At age 16 he was so positive about his career as an artist, he dropped out of high school and enrolled at the National Academy of Design. Later on he transferred to the Art Students League of New York and found work immediately following graduation as an illustrator for Boy’s Life magazine.
In 1916 he painted the first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, beginning the relationship of 47 years with the American magazine and 321 covers. He also married his first wife Irene O’Connor, but the relationship was brief. The 1930’s and 40’s were a particularly positive period for Rockwell; he was married to schoolteacher Mary Barstow with whom he shared three sons. The family moved to Arlington, Vermont – a new environment that provided ample material for the artist to draw from.
His paintings largely focus on everyday American humor and charm. He painted what he saw and what he wanted the world to be like. This includes The Four Freedoms, inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech to congress about the “four essential human freedoms”. Rockwell completed the paintings within six months, and published by the Post in 1943. These paintings toured the United States, raising more than $130 million towards the World War II effort. Numerous other magazines requested to reprint the paintings due to their enormous popularity.
In 1953 the Rockwells relocated to Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Norman resided there until his death. Rockwell married a third time in 1959, after his second wife’s unexpected death, to Molly Punderson. She supported that Rockwell resign his relationship with the Post and pursue cover work for Look. It was during this time his art subjects turned to social issues the country faced, and themes included poverty, race, and the Vietnam War. It is noted that critics were not always supportive of Rockwell and his work, but it was the public who admired his pieces the most.
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