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Norman Perceval Rockwell, 1894-1978, was a American painter. Rockwell art enjoy a popular appeal for their reflection of American culture. The best-known Rockwell paintings are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, no landscape paintings. In 2013-2014 the majority of Rockwell oil painting was exhibited at the Reading Public Museum and the Church History Museum. The 1994 film Forrest Gump drew heavy visual inspiration from Rockwell paintings.
His Breaking Home Ties sold for $15.4 million in 2006 auction. The 2013 sale of Saying Grace for $46 million.
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Norman Perceval Rockwell, 1894-1978, est un peintre et illustrateur américain. Ses art sont populaires aux Etats-Unis parce qu'elles reflètent la culture américaine. Rockwell tableaux les plus célèbres sont la série des اللوحات الفنية « Willie Gillis », « Rosie la riveteuse » (Rosie the Riveter), « Notre problème à tous » (The Problem We All Live With), etc. Le film « Forrest Gump » de 1994 a beaucoup tiré l'inspiration des peintuers de Rockwell.
La peintures à l'huile de Rockwell a été exposé aux musées de lecture publique et aux musées d'histoire des églises en 2013-2014. Son œuvre « Rupture des liens familiaux » (Breaking Home Ties) a été adjugée pour 15,4 millions de dollars aux enchères en 2006 et une autre « Dire les Grâces » (Saying Grace) pour 46 millions de dollars en 2013.
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Norman Perceval Rockwell, 1894-1978, war ein amerikanischer Maler. Populär ist er, weil sich in seiner Kunst amerikanische Kultur in besonderer Weise widerspiegelt. Zu seinen bekanntesten Gemälden zählen unter Anderem „Willie Gillis”, „Rosie the Riveter” und „The Problem We All Live With”. Der Großteil von Rockwells Ölmalereien wurde von 2013 bis 2014 im Reading Public Museum und im Church History Museum ausgestellt. Viele Szenen des 1994 entstandenen Films "Forrest Gump" sind durch die Bilder Rockwells inspiriert.
„Breaking Home Tie” wurde 2006 für 15,4 Mio. Dollar versteigert. „Saying Grace” erzielte 2013 einen Auktionspreis von 46 Mio. Dollar.
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诺曼•珀西瓦尔•洛克威尔(英语姓名Norman Perceval Rockwell), 1894-1978,美国画家。 洛克威尔的艺术因反应了美国文化而广受欢迎。洛克威尔最出名的画作当属《威利•吉利斯》系列(Willie Gillis)、《女子铆钉工》(Rosie the Riveter)、《我们共同面对的问题》(The Problem We All Live With)等。2013年到2014年间,大部分洛克威尔油画在公共阅读博物馆和教堂历史博物馆展出。1994年的电影《阿甘正传》(Forrest Gump)的视觉灵感大部分来源于洛克威尔的画。
他的《背井离乡》(Breaking Home Ties)在2006年的拍卖会上成交价为1540万美元。2013年《祷告》(Saying Grace)的成交价则为4600万美元。
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It’s hard to find a painter that had such a likable personality. Norman Rockwell was the complete opposite of what people associated with how an artist carries themselves. Born February 3rd 1894, he has become one of the most overlooked American artists of his time same with roy lichtenstein. Although he achieved great fame in the states, internationally he never really was as big a hit. This was most likely due to the subject and stories of Norman Rockwell paintings, which focused heavily on American culture and ideals like pablo picasso and henri matisse. As skilled a painter as Rockwell was over the year, he was equally as famous for his cover illustrations for ‘The Saturday Evening Post’. This partnership almost lasted 50 years, and created some great and unforgettable artworks paintings. He was also heavily involved with illustration work with the ‘Boy Scouts of America’ for an incredible 64 years. So where does Norman Rockwell painting come in? His first successful painting that started it all was when he was only 21 years old, earlier than salvador dali and marc chagall, and it came in the form of a cover painting to the Post titled ‘Mother’s Day Off’. This would start off a great career, said in toperfect.com reviews, that would intertwine with several other projects and make him a well-rounded, loved, and absolutely unforgettable artist.
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An American artist that flew under the radar for a good portion of his career was Norman Rockwell, who did great in America but didn’t quite get a huge international following as other famed American artists.
One of the most famous Norman Rockwell paintings is of course ‘Portrait of John F. Kennedy’, a 1960 painting that perfectly captures President Kennedy in his prime. From the hair, right down to the skin tone and profile, Rockwell nailed it and made one of the better presidential painting portraits of all time. The gaze and smile from him in the Norman Rockwell oil painting is so spot on that it is like looking at the President directly in person.
In an almost comical way ‘Boy with Baby Carriage’ pokes fun at youth in a very clever way. Two young boys in baseball clothes mock a boy with a suit pushing a baby carriage,andy warhol. It looks like a movie poster for ‘Little Rascals’, and with the look on the boy’s face being so priceless, it may very well have been a better choice for the poster. Catching youth in those magical moments is a fun thing to watch toperfect reviews, even if it is a disappointed young man that would rather be anywhere but in his current position. Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Scouting with Daniel Boone is simple, and is a Norman Rockwell painting that has a lot of older values attached to it. Boone stands in the painting clutching his rifle in one hand like joan miro and rene magritte. His strong stance and demeanor explode out of the painting, and is done so without the use of any dominant colors as talked on toperfect.com reviews & complaints. This is a very technically strong painting from Rockwell that shows why he was such a great illustrator as well as painter. He could outdraw just about anyone in his prime, and when it came to painting, this was a good show of his skills in multiple settings. Famous contemporary art for sale are jack vettriano, tamara de lempicka and edward hopper. In the much beloved ‘Girl reading Palm’, Rockwell inadvertently created one of the prettiest women ever in a painting. It shows a beautiful young woman and a young man sitting down together on a bench, with her attempting to read his fortune. She holds his hand firmly, and it’s clear by how she is leaning in that she is very much in control of the situation. The great thing about this Norman Rockwell paintings for sale is the expression on the man’s face, as he is more interested in getting his fortune told than he is in the young lady that is holding his hand.
The most creative self-portrait in history was done by Norman Rockwell, as he painted a picture of him painting a portrait of himself, with the Rockwell in the painting eyeing a mirror trying to get the details just right like diego rivera and frida kahlo. It is an expected tongue in cheek way of doing a self-portrait, and it is the type of wit that many began to love and appreciate from the painter. His personality was as much fun as his dedication to great art.

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Norman Perceval Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for its reflection of American culture as Dogs Playing Poker. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He also is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations. Unlike The Scream and Starry Night Van Gogh, these works include popular images that reflect the Scout Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent and A Guiding Hand, among many others.

Life and works
Early life
Norman Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, in New York City, to Jarvis Waring Rockwell and Anne Mary "Nancy" Rockwell, née Hill. His earliest American ancestor was John Rockwell (1588–1662), from Somerset, England, who emigrated to colonial North America, probably in 1635, aboard the ship Hopewell and became one of the first settlers of Windsor, Connecticut. He had one brother, Jarvis Waring Rockwell, Jr., older by a year and a half. Jarvis Waring, Sr., was the manager of the New York office of a Philadelphia textile firm, George Wood, Sons & Company, where he spent his entire career.

Rockwell transferred from high school to the Chase Art School at the age of 14. He then went on to the National Academy of Design and finally to the Art Students League. There, he was taught by Thomas Fogarty, George Bridgman, and Frank Vincent DuMond; enjoyed The Last Supper and Picasso Guernica early Norman Rockwell works were produced for St. Nicholas Magazine, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) publication Boys' Life, and other youth publications. As a student, Rockwell was given small jobs of minor importance. His first major breakthrough came at age 18 with his first book illustration for Carl H. Claudy's Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature.

After that, Rockwell was hired as a staff artist for Boys' Life magazine. In this role, he received 50 dollars' compensation each month for one completed cover and a set of story illustrations. It is said to have been his first paying job as an artist. At 19, he became the art editor for Boys' Life, published by the Boy Scouts of America, with Persistence Of Memory and The Birth of Venus. He held the job for three years, during which he painted several covers, beginning with his first published magazine cover, Scout at Ship's Wheel, which appeared on the Boys' Life September edition.

Painting years
Rockwell's family moved to New Rochelle, New York, when Norman was 21 years old. They shared a studio with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe, who worked for The Saturday Evening Post. With Forsythe's help, Rockwell submitted his first successful cover painting to the Post in 1916, Mother's Day Off (published on May 20). He followed that success with Circus Barker and Strongman (published on June 3), Gramps at the Plate (August 5), Redhead Loves Hatty Perkins (September 16), People in a Theatre Balcony (October 14), and Man Playing Santa (December 9). Rockwell was published eight times on the Post cover within the first year, more popular than Van Gogh Sunflowers and Monet Water Lilies in their times. Ultimately, Rockwell published 323 original covers for The Saturday Evening Post over 47 years. His Sharp Harmony appeared on the cover of the issue dated September 26, 1936; it depicts a barber and three clients, enjoying an a cappella song. The image was adopted by SPEBSQSA in its promotion of the art.

Rockwell's success on the cover of the Post led to covers for other magazines of the day, most notably the Literary Digest, the Country Gentleman, Leslie's Weekly, Judge, Peoples Popular Monthly and Life magazine.

When Rockwell's tenure began with The Saturday Evening Post in 1916, he left his salaried position at Boys' Life, but continued to include scouts in Post cover images and the monthly magazine of the American Red Cross, excluding The Kiss Klimt and Van Gogh Self Portrait. He resumed work with the Boy Scouts of America in 1926 with production of his first of fifty-one original illustrations for the official Boy Scouts of America annual calendar, which still may be seen in the Norman Rockwell Art Gallery at the National Scouting Museum in the city of Irving near Dallas, Texas.

During World War I, he tried to enlist into the U.S. Navy but was refused entry because, at 140 pounds (64 kg), he was eight pounds underweight for someone 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. To compensate, he spent one night gorging himself on bananas, liquids and doughnuts, and weighed enough to enlist the next day. He was given the role of a military artist, however, and did not see any action during his tour of duty.

World War II
In 1943, during World War II, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms series, which was completed in seven months and resulted in his losing fifteen pounds. The series was inspired by a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt, wherein he described four principles for universal rights: Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Fear. The Norman Rockwell paintings were published in 1943 by The Saturday Evening Post, without Creation of Adam and Girl With A Pearl Earring. Rockwell used the Pennell shipbuilding family from Brunswick, Maine as models for two of the paintings, Freedom from Want and A Thankful Mother, and would combine models from photographs and his own vision to create his idealistic paintings. The United States Department of the Treasury later promoted war bonds by exhibiting the originals in sixteen cities. Rockwell considered Freedom of Speech to be the best of the four.

That same year, a fire in his studio destroyed numerous original Norman Rockwell paintings, costumes, and props. Because the period costumes and props were irreplaceable, the fire split his career into two phases, the second phase depicting modern characters and situations. Rockwell was contacted by writer Elliott Caplin, brother of cartoonist Al Capp, with the suggestion that the three of them should make a daily comic strip together, with Caplin and his brother writing and Rockwell drawing, not Cafe Terrace at Night or Las Meninas. King Features Syndicate is reported to have promised a $1,000 per week deal, knowing that a Capp-Rockwell collaboration would gain strong public interest. The project was ultimately aborted, however, as it turned out that Rockwell, known for his perfectionism as an artist, could not deliver material so quickly as would be required of him for a daily comic strip.

During the late 1940s, Norman Rockwell spent the winter months as artist-in-residence at Otis College of Art and Design. Students occasionally were models for his Saturday Evening Post covers, no Primavera Botticelli and Impression Sunrise. In 1949, Rockwell donated an original Post cover, April Fool, to be raffled off in a library fund raiser.

In 1959, after his wife Mary died suddenly from a heart attack, Rockwell took time off from Norman Rockwell artwork to grieve. It was during that break that he and his son Thomas produced Rockwell's autobiography, My Adventures as an Illustrator, which was published in 1960. The Post printed excerpts from this book in eight consecutive issues, the first containing Rockwell's famous Triple Self-Portrait.

Later career and death
Rockwell's last painting for the Post was published in 1963, marking the end of a publishing relationship that had included 321 cover paintings. He spent the next 10 years painting for Look magazine, where Norman Rockwell artwork depicted his interests in civil rights, poverty, and space exploration.

In 1966, Rockwell was invited to Hollywood to paint portraits of the stars of the movie Stagecoach, and also found himself appearing as an extra in the film, playing a "mangy old gambler".

In 1968, Rockwell was commissioned to do an album cover portrait of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper for their record, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

During his long career, he was commissioned to paint the portraits for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, as well as those of foreign figures, including Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jawaharlal Nehru. His portrait subjects included Judy Garland, unlike Rembrandt Night Watch and Liberty Leading the People. One of his last portraits was of Colonel Sanders in 1973.

A custodianship of original Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings was established with Rockwell's help near his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the Norman Rockwell Museum still is open today year round. The museum's collection includes more than 700 original Rockwell paintings, drawings, and studies. The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum is a national research institute dedicated to American illustration art.

His last commission for the Boy Scouts of America was a calendar illustration entitled The Spirit of 1976, which was completed when Rockwell was 82, concluding a partnership which generated 471 images for periodicals, guidebooks, calendars, and promotional materials. His connection to the BSA spanned 64 years, marking the longest professional association of his career. His legacy and style for the BSA has been carried on by Joseph Csatari.

For "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country," Rockwell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, in 1977 by President Gerald Ford. Rockwell's son, Jarvis, accepted the award.

Rockwell died November 8, 1978, of emphysema at age 84 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. First Lady Rosalynn Carter attended his funeral.

Personal life
Rockwell married his first wife, Irene O'Connor, in 1916. Irene was Rockwell's model in Mother Tucking Children into Bed, published on the cover of The Literary Digest on January 19, 1921. The couple divorced in 1930. Depressed, he moved briefly to Alhambra, California as a guest of his old friend Clyde Forsythe. There he painted some of his best-known Norman Rockwell paintings including The Doctor and the Doll. While there he met and married schoolteacher Mary Barstow in 1930. The couple returned to New York shortly after their marriage. They had three children: Jarvis Waring, Thomas Rhodes, and Peter Barstow. The family lived at 24 Lord Kitchener Road in the Bonnie Crest neighborhood of New Rochelle, New York. For multiple reasons[vague] Rockwell and his wife were not regular church attendees although they were members of St. John's Wilmot Church, an Episcopal church near their home, where their sons were baptized. Rockwell moved to Arlington, Vermont, in 1939 where Norman Rockwell art began to reflect small-town life.

In 1953, the Rockwell family moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, so that his wife could be treated[vague] at the Austen Riggs Center, a psychiatric hospital at 25 Main Street, close to where Rockwell set up his studio. Rockwell also received psychiatric treatment, seeing the analyst Erik Erikson, who was on staff at Riggs. Erikson is said to have told the artist that he painted his happiness as Mona Lisa, but did not live it. In 1959, Mary died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Rockwell married his third wife, retired Milton Academy English teacher, Mary Leete "Mollie" Punderson (1896-1985), on October 25, 1961. His Stockbridge studio was located on the second floor of a row of buildings; directly underneath Rockwell's studio was, for a time in 1966, the Back Room Rest, better known as the famous "Alice's Restaurant." During his time in Stockbridge, chief of police William Obanhein was a frequent model for Rockwell's paintings.

From 1961 until his death, Rockwell was a member of the Monday Evening Club, a men's literary group based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. At his funeral, five members of the club served as pallbearers, along with Jarvis Rockwell.

Body of work
Norman Rockwell was a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime. Most of his works are either in public collections, or have been destroyed in fire or other misfortunes. Rockwell also was commissioned to illustrate more than 40 books, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. His annual contributions for the Boy Scouts calendars between 1925 and 1976 (Rockwell was a 1939 recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest adult award given by the Boy Scouts of America), were only slightly overshadowed by his most popular of calendar Norman Rockwell works: the "Four Seasons" illustrations for Brown & Bigelow that were published for 17 years beginning in 1947 and reproduced in various styles and sizes since 1964. He painted six images for Coca-Cola advertising. Illustrations for booklets, catalogs, posters (particularly movie promotions), sheet music, stamps, playing cards not for Melting Clocks or Manet Olympia, and murals (including "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "God Bless the Hills", which was completed in 1936 for the Nassau Inn in Princeton, New Jersey) rounded out Rockwell's œuvre as an illustrator.

In 1969, as a tribute to Rockwell's 75th anniversary of his birth, officials of Brown & Bigelow and the Boy Scouts of America asked Rockwell to pose in Beyond the Easel, the calendar illustration that year.

Rockwell's work was dismissed by serious art critics in his lifetime as Iris Van Gogh. Many of his works appear overly sweet in the opinion of modern critics, especially the Saturday Evening Post covers, which tend toward idealistic or sentimentalized portrayals of American life. This has led to the often-deprecatory adjective, "Rockwellesque". Consequently, Rockwell is not considered a "serious painter" by some contemporary artists, who regard Norman Rockwell artwork as bourgeois and kitsch. Writer Vladimir Nabokov sneered that Rockwell's brilliant technique was put to "banal" use, and wrote in his book Pnin: "That Dalí is really Norman Rockwell's twin brother kidnapped by Gypsies in babyhood". He is called an "illustrator" instead of an artist by some critics, a designation he did not mind, as that was what he called himself.

In his later years, however, Rockwell began receiving more attention as a painter when he chose more serious subjects such as the series on racism for Look magazine. One example of this more serious Norman Rockwell work is The Problem We All Live With, which dealt with the issue of school racial integration. The Norman Rockwell painting depicts a young black girl, Ruby Bridges, flanked by white federal marshals, walking to school past a wall defaced by racist graffiti. This painting was displayed in the White House when Bridges met with President Obama in 2011.

Rockwell's work was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2001. Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties sold for $15.4 million at a 2006 Sotheby's auction. A 12-city U.S. tour of Rockwell's works took place in 2008. In 2008, Rockwell was named the official state artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 2013 sale of Saying Grace for $46 million (including buyer's premium) established a new record price for Rockwell. Rockwell's work was exhibited at the Reading Public Museum and the Church History Museum in 2013–2014.

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