The Art of Norman Rockwell: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

Art Critic (detail) Shop Online for Art Critic (detail) products The Saturday Evening Post, cover- April 16, 1955. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 36 1/4. Collection of The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge ©1955 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Norman Rockwell, Art Critic, 1955. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, April 16, 1955. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

The largest and most significant public collection of original works by celebrated twentieth century illustrator, Norman Rockwell, the Norman Rockwell Museum exhibits a comprehensive array of paintings, drawings, studies, photographs, and artifacts that reflect the evolution of the artist’s life and career. Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings (1943), iconic images inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address; The Marriage License (1955), a witty narrative inspired by an important rite of passage; and The Runaway (1958), a poignant reflection on childhood are among the Museum’s extensive holdings. In addition, rarely seen works from public and private collections are always on view.

“I’ll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I’d like to.”

– Norman Rockwell

Norman RockwellPhoto of Thomas and Norman Rockwell working on "My Adventures"

Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell always wanted to be an artist. At age 14, Rockwell enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art).

Rockwell found success early. In 1916, the 22-year-old Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by Rockwell to be the “greatest show window in America.” Over the next 47 years, another 321 Rockwell covers would appear on the cover of the Post.

In 1943, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s address to Congress, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms paintings. They were reproduced in four consecutive issues of The Saturday Evening Post with essays by contemporary writers. Rockwell’s interpretations of Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear proved to be enormously popular.

To read more about Norman Rockwell see his brief biography here.

Saying Grace
Saying Grace, 1951
Spring Flowers
Spring Flowers, 1969
Boy with Baby Carriage
Boy with Baby Carriage, May 20 1916


Part of the permanent collection is always showing in some of the galleries at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
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Some nice NR paintings.

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See American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art Nov. 20, 2015-Feb. 13, 2016.


"Four Sporting Boys: Baseball," Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

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