"I showed the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed."
He was as American as Apple Pie and Uncle Sam!
Who was he?
He was, Norman Rockwell,
a reknowned and prolific artist, illustrator and historian
who held the hearts and imaginations of Americans!
During the 1940s, Norman produced perhaps some of his most famous and beloved works. From poignant scenes of Americans at war, and at home to joyous reunions, gatherings, family events and so much more. From humor to everyay life, he depicted and encapsulated America.
President Franklin Roosevelt’s address to Congress in 1943, moved Mr. Rockwell to paint, the Four Freedoms paintings. These paintings were reproduced in consecutive issuances of The Saturday Evening Post alongside essays by contemporary writers. Rockwell’s renderings of the Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear were incredibly popular. His artist renderings went on tour throughout America in an exhibition jointly sponsored by the Post and the U.S. Treasury Department. Through this exhibit and through the sale of war bonds? More than $130 million was raised for the war effort! Oh, my stars and stripes, gentle readers!
In 1973, Rockwell established a trust to preserve his legacy and his works. He placed his artistic creations into the fine custody of the Old Corner House Stockbridge Historical Society, now known as Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge.
In 1977, Rockwell was honored
with the nation’s highest civilian honor,
the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
November 8, 1978, Norman Rockwell died in his home in Sturbridge, MA.