Famous Artists

American painter & illustrator of 20th century, Norman Percevel Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, to Jarvis Waring and Ann Mary (Hill) Rockwell, at New York. His grandfather, Thomas Hill, was an English artist, who was known for his animal drawings. His dad was a businessperson and enjoyed to copy illustrations from magazines. Apart from his artistic lineage, Rockwell’s friends too were instrumental in his growth as an artist. The painter was a gawky, slim kid with pigeon-toed feet & spectacles, and with a nickname “Moony.” Norman Rockwell made up for his lack of interest in sport by painting for his pals. At the age of five, the artist could make cardboard cutouts of paint and ships them, that made him popular amongst his peers.

Owing to his fascination with art, Norman Rockwell joined the Chase School of Fine and Applied Art at the age of fourteen. Later, he joined the National Academy of Design, but their stiff schedule drove Norman to combine the Art Students League in 1910. It was here, in age sixteen, the artist received his first paid assignment, where he painted four Christmas cards. In 1912, the painter had his first job as an illustrator for the “Tell Me Why Stories.” These examples made him very popular. At age twenty-one, Norman’s family moved to New Rochelle, New York, where he founded a studio in addition to the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe. There the illustrator started a series of freelancing work for magazines, including “Life,” “Literary Digest,” and “County Gentleman.”

This job was titled, “Mother’s Day Off.” The same year, the artist married Irene O’Connor, which though, finished in 1928. Rockwell published 321 covers for the Saturday Evening Post over a period of 47 decades. In 1930, the painter married Mary Barstow. During this age, Norman was asked to illustrate Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer.” The perfectionist he had been, Rockwell travelled to Hannibal, Missouri to get a sense of the place in order to create his illustration drawing painting graphic novel comics optimally close.

Throughout World War II, in1943, the artist painted the “Four Freedoms” series, which depicted President Roosevelt’s principles for international rights. These paintings became so famous that they raised $139.9 million in an exhibition to its war effort. The identical year, Rockwell’s studio was engulfed in a fire, where he lost all of his paintings and his props. In 1958, after the death of his wife, Norman Rockwell began work on his autobiography, “My Adventures as an Illustrator,” which was published in 1960. Back in 1961, Rockwell married Mary L. “Molly” Punderson. In 1963, Rockwell ended his association with Saturday Evening Post and started working for “Look” magazine. It was here that he was able to express his concerns on civil rights and poverty. “Southern Justice (1965)” and “The Problem We All Live With” are a couple of thought provoking creations of the company.