When I realized that we were examining Norman Rockwell on the syllabus, I was honestly a little disappointed because I had been considering researching Norman Rockwell for my final project!
Interestingly enough, I grew up surrounded by Rockwell’s works. My grandmother was a huge fan, and every year she would buy this huge calendar that had a different Norman Rockwell image from the “Saturday Evening Post”for each month. I learned to love Rockwell, which isn’t hard. For me, Rockwell symbolizes an ideal America.
Besides his talent at artwork, Rockwell also has a talent of tapping into the nostalgia of the American spirit. One of my personal favorite Rockwell works is this one:
For me, it symbolizes the ideals of many young American girls: the chance to grow up into one of the beautiful models that are featured on the covers of magazines. We have discussed the female image in American icons, so I won’t go into it here, but Rockwell definitely captures that idea in this specific work. Overall, Rockwell has a knack for providing visual examples of classic American ideals which, in turn, made him into the American Icon that he is today.