Norman Rockwell is not just an American artist, he is an American icon. His works represent America as a country. Rockwell is a master of capturing real American values and its history. Looking at his works you can follow the timeline of this nation. Born as a child from a wealthy family (Upper West Side NYC), Rockwell began his career as an illustrator. He is strongly socially and politically engaged. His works are silent witnesses about this. For further information about Rockwell click here
. I chose some of his works to display here with my remarks about how I see & experience them. Of course, I’m curious about how you see them also.
His most important legacy, the Four Freedom Serie paintings, oil on canvas. This Four Freedom was a theme derived from Franklin Roosevelt’s State of Union Speech in 1941. Rockwell published reproductions of this serie in Saturday Evening Post magazine. You can see this serie paintings at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachussets.
Freedom from Speech
Freedom from fear
Freedom from Worship
Freedom from Want
The problem we all live with shows the the desegregation of a New Orleans school where Ruby Bridges became the first African American student to attend. The young black girl on a painting is going to school accompanied by 4 men. Look at the detail on the wall, the stain of tomatoe juice thrown by people who were against this girl atttending a white school. The broken tomatoe lays on the ground as a silent symbol of this period of time.
The problem we all live with
The man on the painting is mr. Rockwell himself and the painting is from Jackson Pollock.
Norman Rockwell the connoisseur
Homecoming Marine. I imagine these marine came home from the Korean war perhaps? I lovee the light in this painting.
Gossip. Need I say more? It is a circle of gossip, very entertaining to see. I love the fact that Rockwell also painted gossiping man on this painting.
US Presidents Serie
Four faces of Ronald Reagan
His dream of a peaceful world, painted in 1961.
Do unto others