Norman Rockwell

(Norman Percevel Rockwell)

Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell
  • Born: February 3, 1894
  • Died: November 8, 1978
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Artist

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Norman Percevel Rockwell was an American author, painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He is also noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations. These works include popular images that reflect the Scout Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent and A Guiding Hand, among many others.

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The Problem We All Live With Discrimination & Prejudice
The problem with doing [painting] Nixon is that if you make him look nice, he doesn’t look like Nixon anymore. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A face in the picture would bother me, so I'd rub it out with the turpentine and do it over.
Eisenhower had about the most expressive face I ever painted, I guess. Just like an actor's. Very mobile. When he talked, he used all the facial muscles. And he had a great, wide mouth that I liked. When he smiled, it was just like the sun came out.
Everyone in those days expected that art students were wild, licentious characters. We didn't know how to be, but we sure were anxious to learn. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I didn't know what to expect from a famous movie star; maybe that he'd be sort of stuck-up, you know. But not Gary Cooper. He horsed around so much... that I had a hard time painting him. Time ;Fame
I had a couple of million dollars' worth of... stock once. And now it's not worth much more than wallpaper. I guess I just wasn't born to be rich.
I learned to draw everything except glamorous women. No matter how much I tried to make them look sexy, they always ended up looking silly... or like somebody's mother. Women
I talk as I sketch, too, in order to keep their minds off what I'm doing so I'll get the most natural expression I can from them. Also, the talking helps to size up the subject's personality, so I can figure out better how to portray him.
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to. Time
I'm not going to be caught around here for any fool celebration. To hell with birthdays!
I'm the oldest antique in town.
I'm tired, but proud.
It was a pretty rough neighborhood where I grew up The really tough places were over around Third Avenue where it ran into the Harlem River, but we weren't far away.
It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president.
My best efforts were some modern things that looked like very lousy Matisses. Thank God I had the sense to realize they were lousy, and leave Paris. Religion & God
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
Some folks think I painted Lincoln from life, but I haven't been around that long. Not quite. Life
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The '20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we're in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up again, and we had some great years. Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy and proud to be painting it.
The remarks about my reaching the age of Social Security and coming to the end of the road, they jolted me. And that was good. Because I sure as hell had no intention of just sitting around for the rest of my life. So I'd whip out the paints and really go to it. Life
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
Things aren't much wilder now, I don't think, than they were back then. Of course I just read about all the goings-on now. Ha.
Very interesting for an old duffer like me to try his hand at something new. If I don't do that once in a while, I might just turn into a fossil, you know!
When I go to farms or little towns, I am always surprised at the discontent I find. And New York, too often, has looked across the sea toward Europe. And all of us who turn our eyes away from what we have are missing life. Life
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression. Time

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