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Photo of Norman Rockwell from the June 1921 Federal Illustrator

Norman Rockwell was America's favorite illustrator. Not just a flash in a pan, either.

From his first appearance on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1916 through his final publication appearing on the Post cover in 1963 and beyond, he delighted his viewers, frustrated his critics and tickled the collective American funny bone for most of his life.

Rockwell painted life as he wished it really was: happy children, engaged parents and grandparents, good clean fun. He had the ability to take an ordinary situation and make it seem extraordinary.

Rockwell's artwork was almost always topical in nature, pointing to some current event and taking a playful look at it from a unique angle or perspective.

Even his more serious topics, such as his Four Freedoms series of paintings during World War Two, demonstrated his unique perspective and wit.

Best Norman Rockwell Art is your online source for information and resources on America's favorite illustrator.

Here you can find information on specific paintings, indulging your eyes and imagination all the while. You will also find helpful tips for selecting and storing your precious and valuable Rockwell collectibles.

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America's Favorite Illustrator

Early photo of Norman Rockwell painting

When you mention Norman Rockwell art, America immediately leaps to mind. America's foremost illustrator, Rockwell is best known for capturing the essence of the American experience.

For over forty-five years, Rockwell entertained America on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post with his humor and wit.

Even longer than that was his career and contributions to other magazines that began with such as early favorites like Boys' Life, The Literary Digest, The Country Gentleman, Life and Farm And Fireside. Later publications that featured Rockwell's art were Look, where his more serious minded compositions on civil rights and space were published, and McCalls, Family Circle and TV Guide.

Even more expansive that his magazine cover publications was his advertising and book and story illustration catalogue. It has been estimated that he painted more than 4000 paintings in his lifetime. What is really amazing about that number is that there were a large number of really insightful and artistically significant works in that career output.

History will no doubt record Rockwell as one of the great American painters, even if he did refer to hinself as "only" an illustrator.

Rockwell has sometimes been criticized as being too sentimental with his art. What that really means is that his illustrations often showed the true emotions and humor of his subject matter. I agree, as I'm sure you will also after you explore these pages.

Best Norman Rockwell Art is dedicated to all things Rockwell. I collect it. I appreciate it. And I share it here on these pages.

From his early Saturday Evening Post covers, advertisements, book illustrations and Boy Scout illustrations to his more recent work where he tackled complex social issues, you will get the full scoop here.

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  • There is nothing better for making your schedule than a Norman Rockwell Calendar. Art and function, all rolled into one. Who could ask for more?

  • If you want to look your best in a Norman Rockwell scarf or shawl or a Norman Rockwell necktie, I will point you in the right direction.

  • If you need Norman Rockwell collector plates or Norman Rockwell figurines to finish or highlight your collection, you are starting in the right place. Your showcase will thank you for starting your search here.

  • For those truly remarkable collectors, if you are looking for an original Rockwell painting, there are also reliable sources for you on the web.

  • Stuck for ideas for the holidays? Nothing says special like a Norman Rockwell Christmas or Thanksgiving painting.

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Norman Rockwell Quotes:


I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!

Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.

Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.

You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.

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Doctor and the Doll
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Doctor and the Doll
Santa at His Desk
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Santa at His Desk
Before the Shot
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Before the Shot
Game Called Because of Rain
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Game Called Because of Rain (Three Umpires)
Freedom of Speech
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Freedom of Speech
Freedom from Want
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Freedom from Want
No Swimming
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No Swimming
The Runaway
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The Runaway
Girl at the Mirror
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Girl at the Mirror
Tattoo Artist
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Tattoo Artist
Puppy Love
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Puppy Love
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Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
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