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Norman Rockwell Wall Art

Norman Perceval Rockwell was a 20th-century American author, painter, and illustrator. His work is loved by Americans for its reflection of American culture, making him one of the most famous artists of the USA. Looking at Rockwell's love for provincial life, one could imagine he was born and raised on a farm. But in fact, he was born in New York City, and raised in a popular neighborhood, experiencing all the violence of city gangs. The family used to spend holidays in the countryside, and, from an early age, the artist developed an idyllic vision of rural life. The family house was full of books and Rockwell copied illustrations, improving his technique. At the age of 14, he enrolled at the Chase Art School in Manhattan, and later the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. His aim was to become not a painter, but a professional illustrator. At 16, Rockwell started professionally illustrating Christmas themes for greeting cards. Then in 1911, he illustrated his first book Tell-Me-Why: Stories about Mother Nature by C.H. Claudy. The artist began to collaborate with some youth magazines, such as Boy's Life, and created the first cover, Scout at Ship's Wheel (1913). In 1914, at the age of 19 Rockwell became an artistic director of the magazine. With the outbreak of the First World War, the artist attempted to enlist in the US Navy but was rejected because he was too thin. He put on weight as quickly as possible and was drafted, with the task of being a military artist: he did not fight actively, but developed his artistic talent at the service. At 21, he moved with his family to New Rochelle, a New York suburb. He opened there a studio with a cartoonist friend, Clyde Forsythe. He starter to draw for significant magazines like Life and The Saturday Evening Post; he worked for the latter continuously for 47 years, making more than three hundred covers. Besides illustration, Rockwell loved to paint kids. He created a wonderful mythical land where children, their desires, hopes, lives, were the protagonists. This line of art was his answer to the drama of war, and to the violence, he experienced in New York in childhood. He believed that America had to look at the new generation, to build a country which can preserve its innocence and grow proper adults. He also loved to travel, and in the 1920s -1930s he went five times to Europe, then to South America and Africa. Influenced by European art, he experimented with contemporary styles, but the director of the Post urged him to keep to his manner. In 1930, Rockwell then went to California, where he became friends with Walt Disney. In 1939 Rockwell's family moved to Arlington, Vermont. He fell in love with the landscape, the simple way of life. In this domestic and quiet environment, Rockwell began the new artistic line that will characterize his career and make him so loved by the American people. He created dozens of sketches, paintings, illustrations of the life of the small American province, using more than 200 people of the town as models. Other illustrators joined Rockwell there, creating a sort of artistic community. Rockwell's art spread very quickly, from magazines covers to calendars, to advertisements. When the Second World War exploded, Rockwell created a series of covers featuring the recruit Willie Gillis, a fictional character. There are more than ten images, published from 1941 to 1946, which describe the life of the typical American boy, from the first day in uniform to the happy return home from the war. Rockwell chose not to paint combat images, focusing more on the soldier's ideal than on the harshness of war. At the same time, Norman Rockwell painted a series of paintings called The Four Freedoms, inspired by the famous speech on the four fundamental freedoms held at the congress by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This group of works was published in 1943 on The Saturday Evening Post and reproduced in thousands of posters. Later it was exhibited in sixteen American cities by the Treasury Department to promote the collection of war funds. The artist was 43 years old, too old to serve in the army, and was comforted by the success of this work of art: it was his way of helping his country win the war, not being able to fight on the field as a soldier. In 1964 Rockwell ended the collaboration with the Post to undertake new work experience with the magazine Look. Over the ten years, he created illustrations representing his deepest interest in civil rights, the fight against poverty, the Vietnam war, and the conquest of space. In 1977 Rockwell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious civil award in the United States. He died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1978, due to complications of pulmonary emphysema. The first lady Rosalynn Carter attended his funeral. Rockwell painted the American Dreams better than any other American artist in history. His images are currently part of the American cultural heritage, though he was belittled by contemporary art critics who considered him more an illustrator than a real artist.

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Santa And Expense Book Print by Norman Rockwell

Santa and Expense Book

Norman Rockwell

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Freedom From Fear Print by Norman Rockwell

Freedom From Fear

Norman Rockwell

$22

Freedom From Want Print by Norman Rockwell

Freedom from Want

Norman Rockwell

$22

Freedom Of Speech Print by Norman Rockwell

Freedom of Speech

Norman Rockwell

$22

Freedom To Worship Print by Norman Rockwell

Freedom to Worship

Norman Rockwell

$22

Spring Flowers Print by Norman Rockwell

Spring Flowers

Norman Rockwell

$22

Little Girl Observing Lovers On A Train Print by Norman Rockwell

Little Girl Observing Lovers on a Train

Norman Rockwell

$17

Is He Coming Print by Norman Rockwell

Is He Coming

Norman Rockwell

$17

Roadblock Print by Norman Rockwell

Roadblock

Norman Rockwell

$17

Christmas Trio Print by Norman Rockwell

Christmas Trio

Norman Rockwell

$17

Art Critic Print by Norman Rockwell

Art Critic

Norman Rockwell

$17

The Gossips Print by Norman Rockwell

The gossips

Norman Rockwell

$17

Portrait Of John F.kennedy Print by Norman Rockwell

Portrait of John F.Kennedy

Norman Rockwell

$17

The Music Man Print by Norman Rockwell

The Music Man

Norman Rockwell

$17

Mine America Print by Norman Rockwell

Mine America

Norman Rockwell

$17

The American Way Print by Norman Rockwell

The American Way

Norman Rockwell

$17

Second Holiday Print by Norman Rockwell

Second Holiday

Norman Rockwell

$17

Rosie The Riveter Print by Norman Rockwell

Rosie the Riveter

Norman Rockwell

$17

Doctor And Doll Print by Norman Rockwell

Doctor and Doll

Norman Rockwell

$17

Nanny Print by Norman Rockwell

Nanny

Norman Rockwell

$17

Is He Coming? Print by Norman Rockwell

Is He Coming?

Norman Rockwell

$17

Rush Print by Norman Rockwell

Rush

Norman Rockwell

$17

Stuck Inside Print by Norman Rockwell

Stuck Inside

Norman Rockwell

$17

Pants Print by Norman Rockwell

Pants

Norman Rockwell

$17

Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus Print by Norman Rockwell

Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus

Norman Rockwell

$17

The Golden Rule Print by Norman Rockwell

The Golden Rule

Norman Rockwell

$17

A Drum For Tommy 1921 Print by Norman Rockwell

A Drum for Tommy 1921

Norman Rockwell

$17

Christmas Santa Reading Mail Print by Norman Rockwell

Christmas Santa Reading Mail

Norman Rockwell

$17

Merrie Christmas Couple Dancing Under The Mistletoe Print by Norman Rockwell

Merrie Christmas Couple Dancing Under the Mistletoe

Norman Rockwell

$17

Christmas Homecoming Print by Norman Rockwell

Christmas Homecoming

Norman Rockwell

$17

Self Portrait Print by Norman Rockwell

Self Portrait

Norman Rockwell

$17

New Television Antenna Print by Norman Rockwell

New Television Antenna

Norman Rockwell

$17

Pride Of Parenthood Print by Norman Rockwell

Pride Of Parenthood

Norman Rockwell

$17

Gramps And The Snowman Print by Norman Rockwell

Gramps and the Snowman

Norman Rockwell

$17

Santa And Expense Book Print by Norman Rockwell

Santa and Expense Book

Norman Rockwell

$17

The Homecoming Print by Norman Rockwell

The homecoming

Norman Rockwell

$17

Veterinarian Print by Norman Rockwell

Veterinarian

Norman Rockwell

$17

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