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Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was an American painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades.
Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He is also noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations.
Norman Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime. Most of his works are either in public collections or have been destroyed in fire or other misfortunes.
Rockwell was also commissioned to illustrate more than 40 books, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as well as painting the portraits for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, as well as those of foreign figures, including Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jawaharlal Nehru. His portrait subjects included Judy Garland while one of his last portraits was of Colonel Sanders in 1973.
A custodianship of his original paintings and drawings was established with Rockwell's help near his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the Norman Rockwell Museum still is open today year-round. The museum's collection includes more than 700 original Rockwell paintings, drawings, and studies. The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum is a national research institute dedicated to American illustration art.
A brief biography can be found if you click on the link below which will bring you to the Norman Rockwell Museum website:
We are surrounded by ordinary people who are giving themselves to serve others: bus drivers, delivery people, airline workers, grocery store clerks, post office workers, line cooks, police officers, food producers, social workers, janitorial staff, tradespeople, teachers, child care providers, farm workers, utility maintenance professionals, health care workers, servicemen and women, nurses, doctors. Their dedication deserves our profound thanks. It also proves that the great strength of America remains where it has always been: in ordinary Americans, setting their shoulders to accomplish the task before them.
- Heather Cox Richardson April 6, 2020
The five minute video you are going to watch today is about the work of art pictured below.
Today's post is about practicing viewing and interpreting artwork - notice the details what is going on = take your time analyzing and then ask yourself questions about the work. The Norman Rockwell painting Boy Reading Adventure Stories focuses on students and I particularly hope you note how it is possible to go on wonderful adventure through reading even while we are at home.
The video below explains why the image was chosen, key details, what you might wonder about. The narrators share fun facts about the painting and I invite you to share about an activity = READING!
There is so much to learn even as we stay close to home.
AS YOU WATCH THE VIDEO OR LOOK AT THE STILL IMAGE
WHAT YOU CAN DO! WEEKEND INSPIRATION...
Norman Rockwell’s Boy Reading Adventure Stories (1923)
You made it through the first week - GREAT JOB! Keep up the good work!
Please be sure to take care of yourselves and others during these new and unusual times.
Check in with yourself and your friends and exercise self care.
Have a most wonderful weekend and please remember if you need anything I am just an email away.
Missing you all.
Nicole Webster Clark
Boy Reading Adventure Story, 1923
Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978)
Cover Tear Sheet
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 10, 1923.