Norman Rockwell Art Collectors:
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.
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America's Favorite Illustrator
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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- Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Series From The Saturday Evening Post
Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms series in The Saturday Evening Post in 1943 inspired America during World War II.
- Comprehensive List and Image Archive of Norman Rockwell Magazine Cover Art
A complete list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers starts in 1913 with Boy's Life and ends in 1980.
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A complete list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, part 2, starts in 1918 and continues through 1919.
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A complete list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, part 3, starts in 1920 and continues through 1921.
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A complete list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, part 4, starts in 1922 and continues through 1923.
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A complete list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, part 5, starts in 1924 and continues through 1939.
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A complete list of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, part 6, starts in 1940 and continues through 1980.
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Here's our list of The Literary Digest covers and advertisements by Norman Rockwell.
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- Norman Rockwell Biography, page one, 1894 to 1917
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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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