Artists in 60 Seconds: Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell's 1st Scouting calendar. Public Domain, Wiki Commons

Movement, Style, School or Type of Art:

Realism

Date and Place of Birth:

February 3, 1894, New York City

Life:

An admirer of Rembrandt, Rockwell is notable for working in Realism throughout Abstract art's heyday in the U.S. He was a complicated man who often longed to be taken seriously as a painter (instead of "just an illustrator") and was more socially-conscious and ironic than was recognized during his lifetime.

His scenes of (often idealized) American life brought him fame, wealth and enormous popularity with the American public. Rockwell is best known for his 320+ Saturday Evening Post covers.

Important Works:

  • The Four Freedoms, 1943
  • Rosie the Riveter, 1943
  • The Girl at the Mirror, 1954
  • Triple Self Portrait, 1960
  • The Golden Rule, 1961
  • The Problem We All Live With, 1964

Date and Place of Death:

November 8, 1978, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Sources and Further Reading

  • Claridge, Laura. Norman Rockwell: A Life.
    New York: Random House, 2001.
  • Finch, Christopher Norman Rockwell: 332 Magazine Covers.
    New York: Artabras Publishers, 1995.
  • Gherman, Beverly; Family Trust Rockwell. Norman Rockwell : Storyteller With A Brush.
    New York: Atheneum, 2000 (1st ed.).
  • Rockwell, Norman. Norman Rockwell: My Adventures As an Illustrator.
    New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1988 (Reissue edition).
  • Rockwell, Tom. The Best of Norman Rockwell.
    Philadelphia & London: Courage Books, 2000.

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