Beloved American artist Norman Rockwell is most known for his nostalgic, touching paintings that appealingly depicted simple scenes from everyday life. First hired to illustrate a series of children’s books when he was 16, Rockwell was then hired as the art director of “Boys’ Life,” the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. The “Saturday Evening Post,” the era’s most prestigious magazine, bought their first cover from him six years later. For almost five decades, he created 321 “Post” covers, which became his trademark. Later illustrating for “Look” magazine, he probed more serious cultural concerns.
"I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed." ~ Norman Rockwell
Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States, where Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over more than four decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are Rosie the Riveter (although his Rosie was reproduced less than others of the day), Saying Grace (1951), and the Four Freedoms series.
Born on February 3, 1894, in New York City to Jarvis Waring and Ann Mary (Hill) Rockwell. He had one sibling, a brother, Jarvis. Rockwell transferred from high school to the Chase Art School at the age of 16. He then went on to the National Academy of Design, and finally, to the Art Students League, where he was taught by Thomas Fogarty, George Bridgman, and Frank Vincent Dumond.¹
Recommended books on Norman Rockwell: Norman Rockwell 332 Magazine Covers by Christopher Finch; Best of Norman Rockwell by Tom Rockwell; Norman Rockwell's America (Abradale) by Christopher Finch; Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book, Harry N. Abrams; Norman Rockwell's America (Abradale), Harry N. Abrams; Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People, Harry N. Abrams; The Norman Rockwell Treasury, Galahad; Norman Rockwell: Storyteller With A Brush, Atheneum.
Available here are these Norman Rockwell posters and prints, among others: The Runaway, Golden Rule, Before the Shot, Doctor and the Doll, Boyhood Dreams, Outward Bound, Deadman's Hill, The Shiner, Moving In, Sunset, Choosin' Up, Road Block, First Down, Norman Rockwell Visits a County Agent I, American All Stars, Oh Yeah, Freedom from Want, Triple Self Portrait, By Goodrich Bicycle Tires, The Gossips, Freedom to Worship, Marriage License, Missed, Soda Jerk.