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Norman Rockwell

Painter & Illustrator
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Net worth 2018: $600,000
Industry: Painters
Residence: New York City
Country: United States
BirthDay: 3 February 1894
Sigh: Pisces
Died On: November 8, 1978
Education: National Academy of Design, Art Students League of New York

Norman Rockwell was bornon 3 February 1894 in New York City, American, is Painter & Illustrator. Norman Perceval Rockwell was an American artist—a painter and an illustrator. His work was an artistic depiction of the American culture and spirit of its people - he was inspired by the ideas of civil rights, poverty, national events, international events and space exploration. Most of his career was spent illustrating for the ‘Saturday Evening Post’, a collaboration that continued for around 47 years and resulted in 321 magnificent covers. Apart from the Post, Rockwell also worked for other publications like ‘Look’, ‘Peoples Popular Monthly’, ‘Life Magazine’, ‘The Literary Digest’, etc. He successfully created 4,000 illustrations and paintings in his career. Some of his iconic works include—1927 celebration of Charles Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic, Neil Armstrong's left foot on the surface of the moon after the successful moon landing, the ‘Four Freedom’ series during World War II, etc. Apart from illustrating for magazines and publications, Rockwell took classes at the Otis College of Art and Design, penned down his autobiography, ‘My Adventures as an Illustrator’, and did portraits of personalities like, President Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc.


Rockwell died of emphysema at the age of 84 in 1978, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts


In 1968, Rockwell did the album cover portrait of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper for their record ‘The Live Adventure of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper’


He ended his association with the ‘Saturday Evening Post’ in 1963 and spent the rest of his career illustrating for the ‘Look’ magazine


He married for the third time to Mary Leete ‘Molly’ Punderson in 1961 and remained married to her until his death


In 1960, after the sudden death of his wife, Rockwell took time off from work and wrote down his autobiography, ‘My Adventures as an Illustrator’, with the help of his son


Mary died of a sudden heart attack in 1959, which left him very depressed for years


In 1949, he donated an original Post illustration to raise fund for college library


Around the 1940s, he was approached by writer Elliot Caplin, brother of cartoonist Al Capp, with an idea that the three of them should work together on a comic strip and Rockwell can do the illustrations


In 1930, he married Mary Barstow, a schoolteacher, and the couple had three sons together: Jarvis, Thomas and Peter


She was his model in the illustration, ‘Mother Tucking Children into Bed (1921)’


In 1916, the young 22 year old Rockwell painted his first cover for the ‘Saturday Evening Post’


King Features Syndicate had promised a $1000 per week deal to Rockwell but the project was called off as Rockwell was a known perfectionist and could not deliver the work at the pace that the project demanded

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