Norman Rockwell  (American, 1894-1978) 

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Norman Rockwell (American, February 3, 1894–November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century painter and illustrator most recognized for his cover art on The Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell did over 300 covers for the The Saturday Evening Post, in which he portrayed everything from everyday mundane life to social injustice and civil rights. Rockwell was born in New York, NY, on February 3, 1894, to Jarvis and Nancy Rockwell.

From an early age, Rockwell showed a fondness for artistic expression. At the age of 14, he enrolled in classes at The New York School of Art, where his first formal art training began. In 1910, at the age of 16, Rockwell dropped out of high school to attend the National Academy of Design. His stint there was short lived, however, as he would soon transfer to the Art Students League. There he studied with Thomas Fogarty (American, 1873–1938) and George Bridgeman (Canadian-American, 1865–1943), who are credited for developing much of Rockwell's artistic skills. One of Rockwell's first paying jobs was as the art director for Boys' Life, the official print publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Later in his career, Rockwell would continue to work with the Boy Scouts of America, illustrating several of their campaigns, including their annual calendar.

At the age of 21, Rockwell moved with his family to New Rochelle, NY, where he would open a studio with fellow cartoonist, Clyde Forsythe (American, 1885–1962). The two collaborated on several magazines, including Life, Literary Digest, and Country Gentlemen. At age 22, Rockwell painted his first The Saturday Evening Post cover. Rockwell would go on to create 321 covers for The Saturday Evening Post during his career. In total, Rockwell did over 4,000 original artwork pieces. Among his most famous pieces are The Four Freedoms (1943), Rosie the Riveter (1943), and Golden Rule (1961). His last piece for the The Saturday Evening Post was published in 1963, but he continued to work for the next 10 years on Look Magazine. Rockwell died November 8, 1978, in Stockbridge, MA, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most well-known and recognized magazine illustrators of all time.

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Norman Rockwell, Poor Richard Almanacks

 

Norman Rockwell
Poor Richard Almanacks
1963

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Norman Rockwell, Ye Olde Pipe and Bowl

 

Norman Rockwell
Ye Olde Pipe and Bowl
1976

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Norman Rockwell, The Young Adventurer

 

Norman Rockwell
The Young Adventurer
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Norman Rockwell, Ben Franklin :  Sesquicentennial of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence

 

Norman Rockwell
Ben Franklin : Sesquicentennial of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence
1926

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Norman Rockwell, Football Mascot

 

Norman Rockwell
Football Mascot
1973

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Norman Rockwell, Tom Sawyer Smoking

 

Norman Rockwell
Tom Sawyer Smoking
1935

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Norman Rockwell, Tom Sawyer Hey

 

Norman Rockwell
Tom Sawyer Hey
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Norman Rockwell, Ye Pipe And Bowl

 

Norman Rockwell
Ye Pipe And Bowl
1976

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Norman Rockwell, Doctor and Doll

 

Norman Rockwell
Doctor and Doll
1972

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Norman Rockwell, Study for Pittsfield Main Street

 

Norman Rockwell
Study for Pittsfield Main Street, 1960
oil on celluloid

 

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Norman Rockwell, Dust of snow

 

Norman Rockwell
Dust of snow
graphite on paper

 

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Norman Rockwell, Study for Four sporting boys: Football

 

Norman Rockwell
Study for Four sporting boys: Football, 1951
gouache and pencil on canvasboard

 

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1894   Born in New York City
1908   Starts classes at the New York School of Art
1910   Studies at The National Academy of Design, and later transfers to the The Art Students League
1916   Paints first cover for The Saturday Evening Post
1978   Died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
2006 - 2007   Norman Rockwell's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, (traveling show), organized by The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
2006 - 2007   Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront, (traveling show) organized by The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
2005 - 2007   Norman Rockwell's Home for the Holidays, (traveling show), organized by The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
2005 - 2007   Norman Rockwell's 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers, (traveling show), organized by The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
2004   Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms: Paintings that Inspired a Nation, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
2002   American Life and Storytelling: The Art of Norman Rockwell, The Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas
1999 - 2002   Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People (traveling show), organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge