Norman Rockwell famous for its ideal images of American history. He has a 47-year association with The Saturday Evening Post, where he provided more than 320 cover photos. Many of them are iconic and illustrate particularly important social themes such as patriotism, gender equality and racial inclusion in America. Application of its characteristic realism, the paintings of Rockwell is done with loads of interesting details.
He often incorporates humor into his work and refines his contexts with great respect for the subjects themselves. This legendary illustrator wants to create work that captures viewers “Want to sigh and smile at the same time”.
Composition of Rockwell often criticized by abstract expressionists at the time; they believe that these paintings are not worthy of respect. But even today, his work is still very prominent in many people’s memories.
Here are 6 pictures of Norman Rockwell marked the fullness of his career.
BOY WITH BABY CARRIAGE, 1916
Boy With Baby Carriage was Rockwell’s first cover for The Saturday Evening Post. This humorous childhood depiction features three characters and a wicker wagon with a baby in it. One of the two boys pushing the cart with a serious expression beside the other two showed a playful mockery of him. The picture explores the theme of adulthood and documents the challenges and hardships of human experience.
Rockwell was especially talented at evoking empathy for his characters. Art editor of The Post, Kenneth Stuart, commented that “No need for guidance for Norman’s work” because “Warmth in understanding.” Rockwell always reach people [những người] experience his paintings. “ Stephanie PlunkettThe Chief Curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum supported that view when she said that his image represents “Who we are, what can we be, what can we look like [và] What are our values. ”
A RED CROSS MAN IN THE MAKING, 1918
Rockwell painted a Red Cross boy in Making for The Red Cross Red Crescent magazine, a Red Cross publication. The humanitarian group works to protect people’s lives and health, and here shows the goodwill of a child in the association. A scout is depicted tending to the wound of a small dog, while the larger dog looks worried. Rockwell He put a lot of effort into the details in the picture, including the scout’s uniform and hat motifs alongside the tools the boy used. The picture is selected as the first calendar cover of Rockwell for the American Boys Scout Association.
FREEDOM FROM WANT, 1942
Considered one of Rockwell’s most famous works, Freedom From Want is the third in a series of four titled Four Freedom. Collection was inspired by speech “The Four Free Nations of the Union” in January 1941 of the President Franklin Roosevelt before Congress. In it, he outlined four essential human rights to be protected – freedom of desire, freedom of fear, freedom of speech and freedom of worship. This painting, as well as three paintings are based on “liberty” another, published in The Post in 1943. The paintings were so successful that they were even produced as posters for schools, post offices and public buildings.
Freedom From Want (also known as I’ll Be Home for Christmas) describes a large, happy family preparing to enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal. Each character is based on a real person that Rockwell took his own photo shoots before drawing them together in the setting. Iconic work that represents an ideal point of view “America dream” post-war period.
ROSIE THE RIVETER, 1943
During World War II, women began to take on men’s working roles in factories and shipyards. The powerful character Rosie the Riveter represents the priceless women who have been recruited to help build this war supplies. Painting of Rockwell Used as an illustration for The Post on Memorial Day, May 29, 1943. With the theme of a woman of power, the artwork is intended to encourage more women to give up their housework and seek out job. The popular image is still used today as a symbol of feminism and women’s empowerment.
“Rosie” is based on Mary Doyle O’Keefereal-life Vermont residents. She posed for Rockwell with a ham sandwich and a plastic toy machine gun, while her confident posture is borrowed from Michelangelo’s Sistine ceiling painting of the prophet Isaiah. “I’m very satisfied […] I’m proud of this painting, ” O’Keefe said many years later. “It’s a symbol of what women did for war, do their part and give up on their nail polish.”
THE DISCOVERY, 1956
Although he continued to contribute the illustrations for the next seven years.) It comically depicts a boy who has just found his father’s hidden Santa costume, revealing the myth. Talk about Father’s Christmas. Shown with textured details, this piece marks a subtle change in a more realistic direction – in fact, it’s almost like a photo. The surprised expression on the child’s face was so vivid, you could almost feel his disappointment. Big eye model’s Rockwell in this work, Scott Ingram, became a celebrity at that time. The boy began receiving fan mail, and was asked to sign autographs of photos and books, and even appeared on the TV show Hallmark Hall of Fame with Rockwell.
THE PROBLEM WE ALL LIVE WITH, 1964
The Problem We All Live With is an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement. It describes Ruby Nell Bridges, a 6-year-old African American girl, attended William Franz Elementary School in Louisiana. It was one of two public schools with an all-white population to separate in 1960. During the drastic change, the school broke out and these threats directly affected their lives. of Black children. To be on the safe side, Ruby was escorted to school by four US policemen every day.
Published in 1964, this insightful work is the first of its kind Rockwell for LOOK magazine. Then in 2011, President Barack Obama displayed the painting at the White House as part of the 50th anniversary of the historic Bridges walk.
Translator: Nam Vu