Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays

An exhibition organized by Norman Rockwell Museum

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About the Exhibition

. . .children want to believe in Santa Claus just as fervently as we adults want to believe in Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. —Norman Rockwell

Many of Rockwell’s depictions of the holidays are inspired by the work of Charles Dickens, which he read as a child with his family. In addition to Christmas covers for The Saturday Evening Post and other periodicals of the day, family gatherings were forever frozen in time in the artist’s many advertisements and Hallmark greeting cards. Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays shows how the artist’s paintings and drawings inspired feelings of warmth and good cheer for generations to come.

Image Left: Extra Good Boys and Girls (Santa on Ladder with Map) ©1939 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections.

Christmas Trio, Norman Rockwell. 1923 Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, December 8, 1923 From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum Art Collection Trust ©1923 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

About Norman Rockwell

Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.
—Norman Rockwell

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). Two years later, in 1910, he left high school to study art at The National Academy of Design. He soon transferred to The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman. Fogarty’s instruction in illustration prepared Rockwell for his first commercial commissions. From Bridgman, Rockwell learned the technical skills on which he relied throughout his long career.

Rockwell found success early. He painted his first commission of four Christmas cards before his sixteenth birthday. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and began a successful freelance career illustrating a variety of young people’s publications.

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Contact Information:

Mary Melius
Manager of Traveling Exhibitions


Complete Facts
Contents: 40 framed tearsheets, H: 141/2″ x W: 111/2″ x D: 11/4″, introductory, biographical and photo panels included
Security: Moderate, security hardware required
Environment: Light level-10-foot candles, humidity-50% plus or minus 5%, no direct sunlight, heated/air conditioned facility
Speaker: available upon request

Photos of the installed galleries for Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Gallery Photo
Home for the Holidays Gallery Photo
Home for the Holidays Gallery Photo
Home for the Holidays Gallery Photo
Home for the Holidays Gallery Photo
Home for the Holidays Gallery Photo

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