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
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Saying Grace, 1951. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 24, 1951. Private Collection. © 1951 SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.
Spring Flowers
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Spring Flowers, 1969. Oil on canvas, 30 3/8″ x 25″ Story illustration for McCall’s, May 1969. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved.
Boy with Baby Carriage
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Boy with Baby Carriage, 1916. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 24, 1951. From the collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. © 1916 SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.

Events

Part of the permanent collection is always showing in some of the galleries at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Come visit us and check it out!

HOURS

Norman Rockwell Museum
is Open 7 days a week year-round

November – April: open daily:
Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rockwell’s Studio is currently closed for the season.

The Runaway Café is currently closed for the season; hot & cold beverages and snacks are available in the lobby.

May – October and holidays:
open daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Museum is Closed:

  •    Thanksgiving Day
  •    Christmas Day
  •    New Year’s Day