Norman Rockwell

Born in 1894 - United States


Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is the most famous American illustrator of the XXth century. Born in New York City Norman Rockwell entered the Chase School of Fine and Applied Art in 1908. After high school he studied at the Art Student League and worked with George Bridgeman and Thomas Fogarty. At the age of sixteen he illustrated his first book “Tell me why”.

In 1916 Norman Rockwell proposed his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post Magazine. Then he became the painter of the American way of life and illustrated many famous illustrations and covers for the Saturday Evening Post for 47 years. In all, Rockwell painted 321 covers for the Post.

He also created famous posters like World War II. In 1935 he illustrated the novels of Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Later he painted portraits of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nasser, and even his own Triple Self- portrait: the painter’s reflect reflecting by looking in a mirror.

The development of photography and the decline of illustration in the 60’s led him to end his relationship with The Post. At the end of the 60’s he worked for Look Magazine and focused on new themes more politically engaged like poverty, racism and the Vietnam War.

He died at his home in Stockbridge, Massachusets on November 8, 1978.

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