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American painters and a much-loved portrait painter

One of the most important American painters and a much-loved portrait painter of the 20th century.

NORMAN ROCKWELL (a.k.a. Norman Perceval Rockwell • 1894 – 1978) was one of the United States’ most important painters of the 20th century. He was a popular portrait artist whose work is best known through his magazine cover art in the early years of the last century. His work is often noted for its humor, its sense of family and place, and its populist tones of “the good old days.” His political and social commentary became more apparent during the latter part of his career, and he began to receive greater recognition as an artist when he contributed to several projects condemning racism and stressing the importance of integration for the younger generations.

Norman Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894. He knew at the age of 14 that he wanted to be an artist, and began taking classes at The New School of Art. Began his illustrious career at a young age, receiving his first commission to paint Christmas cards at 16. At that age, Rockwell was so intent on pursuing his passion that he dropped out of high school and enrolled at the National Academy of Design. He later transferred to the Art Students League of New York. Upon graduating, Rockwell found immediate work as an illustrator for Boys’ Life magazine. A year later in 1916, he created the first of 321 covers for The Saturday Evening Posts magazine, an extremely popular art, and culture magazine, that in its heyday had a circulation number of over 3 million copies.

His Americana images were loved by the public. Rockwell’s bucolic images were extremely popular, mixing humor, slice-of-life, and a surprising knack for capturing facial expressions. This combination of technical skill, populist subject matter, and entertainment led to Rockwell becoming one of the most famous artists of his generation.

Five US presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan were all painted by Rockwell. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Gerald Ford. In his speech, Ford said, “Artist, illustrator and author, Norman Rockwell has portrayed the American scene with unrivaled freshness and clarity. His vivid and affectionate portraits of our country and ourselves have become a beloved part of the American tradition.”
In the final decade of his life, Rockwell created a trust to ensure his artistic legacy would thrive long after his passing. He died peacefully at this home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 84.

His paintings are in many museums on exhibition. An original known Norman Rockwell paintings worth commensurately large amount, his works routinely can sell for tens of millions of dollars, while even his lesser-known paintings sell routinely for six figures.
A művész jelenlegi műtárgypiaci rekordját 2013 decemberében érte el, mikor is a Sotheby’s New York-i árverésén Saying Grace (Áldást Mondani) című 1951-es festményéért az előzetesen becsült 15-20 millió dollár helyett 46,085.000 dollárt (10.2 milliár forint) fizetett ki egy műgyűjtő. aki a hírekben is megjelent találgatások alapján nem más mint George Lucas filmrendező.

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