Happy Thanksgiving from Norman Rockwell & us


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

This is a famous illustration that American painter Norman Rockwell did for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 4 Freedoms.

Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, and always wanted to be an artist. At 14, he enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art) only 2 years later to transfer to The National Academy of Design, now a Smithsonian branch. The Academy was founded by American artists  by Samuel Morse, Asher Durand, Thomas Cole, Martin E. Thompson, Charles Cushing Wright, Ithiel Town, “to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition.” He did not stay that too long either, transferring to the The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty, a famous illustrator of the time, and George Bridgman, a noted drawing master.

You can read more about him and see a large catalogue of his work on the Norman Rockwell Museum in Indianapolis.

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