Painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell, is perhaps one of the most iconic American artists. His work is instantly recognizable by most as a staple of The Saturday Evening Post. His work is often looked down upon by contemporary artists as too idealized or sentimental. This has even led to the term “Rockwellesque” being used as a derogatory statement on an artist’s work. Often neglected are some of his works that were pro-integration in the 1960’s for which he received much criticism. Ironically his work has become popular among political conservatives today for being perceived as embodying American values. Criticism and controversy aside, Rockwell possessed a talent for realism in his work and his technique was impeccable even if his subject matter did not please the contemporary artists of his time.
The Connoisseur (1962), The Babysitter (1947), Freedom to Worship (1943), Checkers (1928)