A Norman Rockwell Turkey Day

November 24, 2017



Born: February 3, 1894, New York City, NY

Died: November 8, 1978, Stockbridge, MA


- Famous for magazine illustration


- Known for idyllic scenes of 'Americana' 


- He often uses humor


- Some see his work as innocuous, kitschy fluff 

Career Highlights



  • Produced covers for Boy Scouts of America’s publication Boys’ Life between 1913 and 1916.

    • Scout at Ship’s Wheel, appearing on the September 1913 edition of Boys’ Life , was Rockwell's first cover.


  • Rockwell is best known for his involvement with The Saturday Evening Post  starting in 1916.

    • Rockwell's first successful cover painting for The Saturday Evening Post  was 1916's Mother’s Day Off .

    • His work appeared 322 times on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.1

    • The most famous covers are probably a series known as ' The Four Freedoms' from 1943

      • The Four Freedoms Include 

        • The Freedom of Religion 

        • The Freedom of Fear

        • The Freedom of Speech 

        • The Freedom From Want ​  

    • His final cover for The Saturday Evening Post was a portrait of John F. Kennedy in 1963, a week after the president’s assassination.

    • His work at The Saturday Evening Post appears to be idyllic and whimsical but Rockwell had a very structured, calculated process. He would use photographs of models in a series of poses and construct his painting to fit the cover.

    • See a gallery of his covers here.​​​

  • He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Gerald Ford in 1977 for “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country. 



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