Norman Rockwell: Art and Artist
Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell 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. Rockwell always wanted to be an artist and it is said that at the age of 14, Rockwell enrolled himself in The New York School of Art to begin his art classes. And two years later, 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. And he learned technical skills from Bridgman, and applied them throughout his long career.
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.