Tabulous Tastemaker: Norman Rockwell

February 3, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Today we are celebrating the life of a great American artist, Norman Rockwell,  a man responsible for providing to the rest of the world a glimpse of life here in America for much of the first half of the 20th century.


“Triple Self-Portrait”

Rockwell was born 120 years ago today in New York City, his artistic talent was discovered early in his life, and at the age of 14 he attended the Chase Art School, followed by National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.  Rockwell is probably best known for the work he did for the Saturday Evening Post, which he started working for in 1916.  Norman Rockwell had a 47 year working relationship with the Post, when he retired from the Saturday Evening Post in 1963 he had painted 321 different covers for the magazine.  He went on to paint covers for Look magazine, he did record album covers as well as painting portraits for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon as well as foreign dignitaries and Hollywood stars.



” Jolly Postman “


Over the years the Rockwell family had lived in New York, California, Vermont and finally settled in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Norman Rockwell was a very prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 paintings in his career, with the most recent sale of one of his paintings going for $46 million dollars.  Some people don’t consider Rockwell a “true artist” and consider him an illustrator, a title that Rockwell had no problem with.  Norman Rockwell died in 1978 at the age of 84, today he is looked at as a great artist, someone who sought to capture American life, whether is was the good side of life like his famous “Freedom From Want” painting depicting a family’s Thanksgiving feast, or the ugly side of American life with “The Problem We All Live With”, depicting a young black girl being escorted to school by four white federal marshals.

“Freedom From Want”


“The Problem We All Live With”


“A Boy and His Dog”


“The Discovery”

Today you can visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  The museum is home to the largest collection of Rockwell paintings as well as his preserved studio.  Here’s to Norman Rockwell, a great American Tastemaker. 



” Shiner “


“The Soda Jerk”


“Freedom of Speech”


A Rockwell Santa


Norman Rockwell painting with a young admirer. 


“Before The Date”


“The Gossips”


” The Song of Bernadette “


“President Eisenhower”


Used to be it was the newspaper, today it’s our Smart phones. 


“Out Fishin’ “

All images are courtesy of Pinterest.

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