Norman Rockwell

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Rockwell, Norman,

1894–1978, American illustrator, b. New York City. One of America's favorite artists, Rockwell specialized in warm and humorous scenes of small-town American life, and from the late 1930s he used ordinary people as his models. Best known for his magazine covers, especially those for the Saturday Evening Post (323 in all from 1916 to 1963), he developed a style of finely drawn realism with a wealth of anecdotal detail. During World War II, his posters on the Four Freedoms were widely circulated. In the 1960s his illustrations tended to have more liberal themes, as in The Problem We Live With (Look magazine, 1964), which shows an African-American schoolgirl being escorted by officers past a wall scrawled with an ugly racial epithet. Scorned during his life by some art critics as a mere illustrator, he has been posthumously recognized as a significant American artist. Rockwell lived the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge, Mass., where a museum devoted to his work opened in 1993.


See his autobiography (1960); biographical works by T. S. Buechner (1970), L. Claridge (2001), and D. Solomon (2013); study by R. Halpern (2006).

Rockwell, Norman (Percevel)

(1894–1978) illustrator; born in New York City. Considered the most famous and popular illustrator in America, he studied at the Chase School of Art, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (c. 1908), the National Academy of Design (1909), and the Art Students League (1910), New York. He was an illustrator for major periodicals, such as St. Nicholas, Collier's, Life, Judge, Look, and most importantly, the Saturday Evening Post (1916–63). He produced calendars for Brown & Bigelow (1924–76), created advertisements, and illustrated such classics as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Early in his career he lived in New Rochelle, N.Y., then moved to Arlington, Vt., and finally settled in Stockbridge, Mass. Using oils and an impeccable realistic technique, he idealized small town America and expressed a personal vision that occasionally rose above sentimentality, as in Breaking Home Ties (1954) and Triple Self Portrait (1960).
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On those grounds, I recommend Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera not only for Rockwell fans, but for anyone interested in art.
Says Laurie Norton Moffatt, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, "The ideals in his work are timeless, and they resonate deeply.
A 'splash' destined to disturb the hearts and minds of the American public, destined to create an ever widening circle of interest." It is too bad, he continued, that "we may never know where the undulation of human interest [in the Four Freedoms] ceases, as it is absorbed in the steady current of American living, but the current has been quickened" by Norman Rockwell's "outstanding contribution to the War effort" (Dulcan 1943, 1).
In studying the mass society theorists of the late 1940s and through the 1950s, the connection to the work of Norman Rockwell is evident, and I will show how mass society theories align with his mass-produced perceptions of reality.
But he receives a fascinating rethinking in Deborah Solomon's American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), in which she makes a clear case for his homoerotic desires.
"Just as millions of readers in the 20th century were introduced to the world of art courtesy of Norman Rockwell, that tradition continues today thanks to Ross' beautifully painted illustrations, which combine photographic realism and imaginative storytelling," says Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
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THE ILLUSTRATOR Norman Rockwell's rehabilitation as a painter can be dated to the fin de siecle retrospective that originated at Atlanta's High Museum of Art in November 1999 and toured the US (Chicago; Washington, DC; San Diego; Phoenix; and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts) for two years before triumphantly occupying the grand ramp of the Solomon R.
Norman Rockwell is said to have once remarked, "If I hadn't become a painter, I would have liked to become a movie director."
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