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Norman Rockwell

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 Speech

Freedom from fear

Freedom from fear

Freedom from Worship

Freedom from Worship

Freedom from Want

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 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

Norman Rockwell the connoisseur

Homecoming Marine. I imagine these marine came home from the Korean war perhaps? I lovee the light in this painting.

Homecoming Marine

Homecoming Marine

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.

Gossip

Gossip

US Presidents Serie

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

John Kennedy

John Kennedy

Four faces of Ronald Reagan

Four faces of Ronald Reagan

 His dream of a peaceful world, painted in 1961.

Do unto others

Do unto others

 

3 thoughts on “Norman Rockwell

  1. Yen, thanks for sharing things related to arts and paintings. I’ve always loved your picks … they broaden my understanding about art. I like paintings showing human behavior .. like the ones you share over here.

  2. Thanks to you. I love to share my affection for Art, as our life is surrounded by art forms. People with trained view can see them immediately, some not.

    Norman Rockwell is one of the greatest artists the world has had. And I am not exaggerating here.

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