Top 5 Norman Rockwell Works of Art
Throughout history, there have been few better illustrators than Norman Rockwell be it oil on canvas or drawings and sketches on paper. His art not only stood by itself as incredible but was also used for advertisements and covers for books and magazines found all over the country. Join us now as we take a look at these Top 5 Norman Rockwell Works of Art.
Norman Rockwell Art – A Good Turn
This artwork was commissioned from the Boy Scouts of America by the Brown & Bigelow Company in 1926. The picture was used in calendars by the Boy Scouts for many years. It has an older grandfather sitting at a work table along with a younger boy dressed in a Boy Scout uniform with his face buried in a book. The grandfather has a potato in his hand and a dog next to his seat. There is a story being told here but it is not clear if the boy is giving directions to the grandfather, reading to him, or if what they are doing is even related to what the other person is doing. .
Norman Rockwell Art – Art Critic
Rockwell did this painting in 1955. It is said that Rockwell envied the art students he taught and how they can look at a work of art like Mona Lisa with such energy. In the picture, you will notice he has some art supplies of his own so it is anyones guess if he planned to modify the work or just use it as inspiration to paint another portrait right there in front of the gaze that was smiling at him. No matter what he ends up doing the portrait seems to like being admired
Mine America’s Coal
This work was done in 1943 and is a celebration of people performing “essential” services at the time during the war. The man is pictured after coming out of a mine with some smudge of coal dust on his face and his uniform but he is still wearing a big smile. His face gives the image that he is proud of what he has done and things are good for him, despite the war being fought in a faraway land. This portrait was shown on a poster that was sold all over the country and put a face to what the people back home should be feeling while their armed boys and girls were fighting the Nazis or the Japanese.
This work of art was done in 1949 and shows an electric lineman working on top of a pole to keep the house along the line powered and ready for anything. Commissioned by AT&T, it is said that AT&T wanted something that was heartwarming instead of something industrial. I’d say they got the right artist to pull of that emotion with this piece of artwork. It was mainly done to show that AT&T was just as hardworking, keeping their lines and systems running as many other people were at their jobs.
Freedom From Want
Also known as “The Thanksgiving Picture” or “I’ll be home for Christmas” it is often thought of as Rockwell’s most well-known artwork. It was originally inspired by FDR’s 1941 State of the Union Adresss to the country. It is one of four oil paintings Rockwell produced called the “Four Freedoms”. The faces around the table waiting for the big meal were Rockwell’s Friend and family. Norman took photographs of his friends and family and sketched them out when drawing what he planned for the picture. The final result was this painting that was published in the March 6, 1943 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. During the Second World War, it sent a mighty proud image of being home with family and having a big dinner.