Norman Rockwell’s art encapsulated everyday life in 20th century America. To many people, his art still represents America even though the fashions, the events and the people have moved on. This prolific artist (1894-1978) produced more than 4,000 pieces of art and illustrated over 40 books, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. His covers for the Saturday Evening Post magazine (more than 300 in 47 years) are legendary and deeply treasured by collectors of popular culture. The Willie Gillis series and the Four Freedoms series are among his best known creations, and his work for the Scouts (books and calendars) is also fondly remembered.
Many collections of his work have been published (we gave up counting at 10) in book form and they are just the tip of Rockwell’s iceberg because his work was so extensive. Magazine covers, posters, sheet music, stamps and other formats came under his scope. During his lifetime, the major art critics rarely embraced his work and usually dismissed it as sentimental. Nostalgia and several new generations of art fans have helped change that train of thought. Today, Rockwell’s work sells for hefty sums at auction.
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