…suddenly remembered how Jim Edgerton had stood up in a town meeting and said something that everybody else disagreed with. But they had let him have his say. No one had shouted him down. My gosh, I thought, that’s it. There it is. Freedom of Speech. I’ll illustrate the Four Freedoms using my Vermont neighbors as models.
Many of Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers during the 1940s were inspired by life on the American homefront during World War II. Rockwell’s powerful Four Freedoms, unforgettable Rosie the Riveter, exuberant Homecoming Soldier, and hapless but lovable infantryman, Willie Gillis are among the many memorable images contained within this exhibition of original tearsheets featuring forty-four Rockwell illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post.
Image Left: Rosie the Riveter (detail), Norman Rockwell. 1943. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, May 29, 1943. ©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN