Norman Rockwell

American, 1893-1978

The most famous, and perhaps the most loved, American illustration artist of all times is Norman Rockwell. Born in New York City, young Rockwell grew up in a very religious household. He summered in the country and later recalled that he believed that those summers had a lot to do with what he painted later on. Best known as the illustrator of American life, Norman Rockwell’s illustrations graced the 322 covers of Saturday Evening Post over a period of 47 years. Rockwell was also commissioned to create art for Boy Scouts of America publication Boy’s Life, calendars and other illustrations.

Some of Norman Rockwell’s best known series of works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms. In all, it is estimated that He created 4000 works of art during his life. Rockwell’s success at Saturday Evening Post lead to other cover illustration jobs including the Literary Digest, the Country Gentleman, Leslie’s Weekly, Judge, Peoples Popular Monthly and Life Magazine.