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Norman Rockwell

Garry Camp Burdick, born 29 Jul 1933
Norman Rockwell, 3 Feb 1894 - 8 Nov 1978
1968 (printed 2004)
Gelatin silver print on paper
Image: 25.3 x 25.3cm (9 15/16 x 9 15/16")
Sheet: 35.2 x 27.5cm (13 7/8 x 10 13/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Garry Camp Burdick
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© 1968 Garry Camp Burdick
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Norman Rockwell is known for his iconic illustrations of American life, especially for The Saturday Evening Post, that captured, in light-hearted fashion, the timeless challenges and pleasures of daily life, from the excitement of growing up to the joy of a family holiday. He once commented, "Without thinking too much about it . . . I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed." As Rockwell reached his seventies, even the small-town America he had celebrated experienced the impact of the turbulent 1960s. Noting in 1962 that "I am angry at unjust prejudices, in other people or myself," Rockwell undertook a series of canvases dedicated to the civil rights struggle. During the same period, he also used his art to record the dawn of the space age, remarking, "Now I am wildly excited about painting contemporary subjects."
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National Portrait Gallery
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