Norman Rockwell was an extraordinarily talented painter who made a great contribution to the development of the American illustration art history. His paintings captured the important moments of American culture and its people, including the everyday life of the Boy Scouts of America. He is mostly recognized for his cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post magazine.
This artist went through two world wars. And they both had a strong influence on his life and career. When the United States entered the First World War, Norman Rockwell tried to join the navy but wasn’t admitted because of the eight pounds underweight. The young man spent the night gulping down bananas, liquids and doughnuts, and the next day was accepted as a military artist to the camp newspaper within the country. So, he could continue his work for the Post and other periodicals. Rockwell was discharged at the end of the war in 1918.
In the post-war period, the artist tried his hand as an advertising illustrator producing the drawings for Jell-O, Willys cars and Orange Crush soft drinks and other trademarks. He resumed the collaboration with Boys’ Life magazine producing a picture for its annual calendar in 1920. He would design it for about the next 50 years. Rockwell’s popularity grew through the decade.
The next ten years are usually considered by art critics as the most prolific period for the artist. He accepted the proposition to illustrate Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn book by one of his preferred authors, Mark Twain. The debut solo exhibition of the artist took place in 1941 at the Milwaukee Art Institute.
The Second World War influenced Norman Rockwell’s art. He created the number of the covers related to the conflict, including his well-known Rosie the Riveter for the Post. In 1943, the majority of Rockwell’s works, including his collection of costumes, were destroyed by fire in his Arlington studio. The artist made a decision to restart his activity in a new location not far from West Arlington.
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