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Self-portrait of Norman Rockwell

An American artist and painter (1894-1978)

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  • Sep 11, 2009
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I've always found Norman Rockwell's paintings so pleasant and humbling to view. Really shows another time.
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review by . September 11, 2009
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I am by no stretch of the imagination an art afficianado.  Frankly, I have no eye for art and for the most part have precious little interest in the subject.  Yet since I was a child I have been fascinated by the work of Norman Rockwell.   What's not to like?  For 47 years Rockwell illustrations graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.  Rockwell had the uncanny ability to make ordinary situations seem extraordinary.  His paintings give …
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A Brief Biography

Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing
the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.

—Norman Rockwell

Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell always wanted to be an artist. At age 14, Rockwell enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art). Two years later, in 1910, he left high school to study art at The National Academy of Design. He soon transferred to The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman. Fogarty's instruction in illustration prepared Rockwell for his first commercial commissions. From Bridgman, Rockwell learned the technical skills on which he relied throughout his long career.

Rockwell found success early. He painted his first commission of four Christmas cards before his sixteenth birthday. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boys' Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and began a successful freelance career illustrating a variety of young people's publications.

At age 21, Rockwell's family moved to New Rochelle, New York, a community whose residents included such famous illustrators as J.C. and Frank Leyendecker and Howard Chandler Christy. There, Rockwell set up a studio with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe and produced work for such magazines as Life, Literary Digest, and Country Gentleman. In 1916, the 22-year-old Rockwell painted his first cover for ...

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Style: Illustration
Genre: Americana
Medium: Paintings
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