Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Paintings

Nationality: American

Birth Place: New York City (New York state, United States)

Biography:
Born in New York City on February 3, 1894, Norman Rockwell began his illustrious career at a young age, receiving his first commission to paint Christmas cards at sixteen and illustrating his first book just the following year.

Rockwell’s artwork made its debut on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on May 20, 1916, becoming his first of 323 covers that would be published by the iconic American magazine over the next 47 years. Accordingly, his success with The Post captured the attention of other publications including Life, Judge and Leslie’s, and the young artist enjoyed a fruitful income throughout the 1920s. He received commissions from household names such as Jell-O, Boy Scouts of America and Orange Crush soda, among others.

The 1930s and 40s also proved to be prolific periods in Rockwell’s career, despite some critics who pigeonholed his work as “kitschy”— intended for reproduction use only and therefore lacking in true artistic merit. Even some of his contemporaries referred to Rockwell as an “illustrator” instead of a painter—a label he willingly embraced. Nevertheless, Rockwell used his creative platform to draw upon social and cultural issues facing America and was praised by the public for his ability to capture the triumphs and tribulations of the common man.

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. His influence on society remains memorialized not only through his paintings but also the publications, advertisements and literature that exposed his body of work to a wider audience and allowed the greater public to appreciate what he had to say.

 

Norman Rockwell Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Study for Triple Self Portrait, 1960 Oil on photographic paper laid on panel 11
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)Study for Triple Self Portrait, 1960Oil on photographic paper laid on panel11...
Lot 68139
Auction 5286
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$1,332,500
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Lazybones, The Saturday Evening Post cover, September 6, 1919 Oil on canvas 26...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)Lazybones, The Saturday Evening Post cover, September 6, 1919Oil on canvas26 ... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 69166
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
$912,500
NORMAN ROCKWELL (American, 1894-1978) The Song of Bernadette, 1944 Oil on canvas 53 x 28 in. Signed lower right  ... (To...
NORMAN ROCKWELL (American, 1894-1978)The Song of Bernadette, 1944Oil on canvas53 x 28 in.Signed lower right... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 78138
Auction 5145
Saturday, October 26, 2013
$605,000
Norman Rockwell - Signed 1967 Hanging Wall Calendar (Brown and Bigelow, 1966)
Norman Rockwell - Signed 1967 Hanging Wall Calendar (Brown and Bigelow, 1966)....
Lot 15670
Auction 121753
Sunday, December 31, 2017
$155.35
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Fishes Like Neckties, American Magazine interior illustration study, 1934 Oil on...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)Fishes Like Neckties, American Magazine interior illustration study, 1934Oil on...
Lot 69167
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
$200,000

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Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Spring Lithograph 13.5 x 13.125 in. (image) Signed and numbered in lower margi...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Spring Lithograph 13.5 x 13.125 in. (image) Signed and numbered in lower margi... (1)

Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Winter Lithograph 13.375 x 13.125 in. (image) Signed and numbered in lower mar...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Winter Lithograph 13.375 x 13.125 in. (image) Signed and numbered in lower mar... (1)

Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Puppy Sketch and Letter Ink on paper 3.5 x 5 in. (sight, sketch) Signed in let...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Puppy Sketch and Letter Ink on paper 3.5 x 5 in. (sight, sketch) Signed in let... (1)

Auction 5347
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) The Teacher Meets the School Board, Saturday Evening Post interior illustration...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) The Teacher Meets the School Board, Saturday Evening Post interior illustration, ... (1)

Auction 5351
Friday, May 4, 2018
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Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Study for Before the Shot, The Saturday Evening Post cover, 1958 Oil on photogra...
Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Study for Before the Shot, The Saturday Evening Post cover, 1958 Oil on photogra... (1)

Auction 5351
Friday, May 4, 2018
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