Presentation on theme: "Norman Rockwell was born February 3, 1894. He was born in his parents Upper West Side Manhattan apartment. He died on November 8, 1978 at the age of 84."— Presentation transcript:
Norman Rockwell was born February 3, 1894. He was born in his parents Upper West Side Manhattan apartment. He died on November 8, 1978 at the age of 84. His passing was marked as a major loss to the fine arts world.
Rockwell dropped out of high school during his sophomore year to attend the National Academy of Design. At the age of sixteen, Rockwell painted his first commission of four Christmas cards. When he was 22 years old, he sold his first cover to the Saturday Evening Post. A tour of his four paintings, the four freedoms from want, raised an estimated 139.9 million dollars for the war effort. He died with an unfinished painting upon his easel.
NORMAN ROCKWELL STUDIED IN HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR. AFTER THAT HE DROPPED OUT TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DESIGN. AFTER ONE YEAR THERE HE OPTED FOR THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE. FROM THERE, HE BEGAN HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER.
Norman Rockwell can be said to part of the realism movement. However his style does not really fit in with this movement. A better description of his art style can be found in a quote from him. He said, “I don’t want to paint for the few who can see a canvas in a museum, for I believe that in a democracy art belongs to the people. I want my pictures to be published.” Rockwell’s art had to be understandable to millions of people and it had to conform to the limits of spaces and deadlines.
More than anyone else, Rockwell’s influence comes from his father. It was his father who, as a Sunday painter, inspired his son to first start painting. This was the spark that would ignite a legendary career.