The Seasons at the Nassau County Museum of Art – Norman Rockwell

“Artist, illustrator and author, Norman Rockwell has portrayed the American scene with unrivaled freshness and clarity. Insight, optimism and good humor are the hallmarks of his artistic style. His vivid and affectionate portraits of our country and ourselves have become a beloved part of the American tradition.”  – President Gerald Fold, 1977

Norman Rockwell has symbolized American culture through his art for most of this 20th century and his images remains iconic today. Born in New York City, Rockwell is best known for idealized portrayals of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post during five decades. The 1930s and 40s were the most fruitful period of his career –  he  produced covers and illustrations for over 40 magazines and books, including Boys’ Life and Look magazines and the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn novels. Rockwell worked throughout his lifetime with the Boys Scouts of America, notably creating 51 illustrations for BSA’s official annual calendar in 1926. Rockwell’s Four Freedom series, inspired by a speech of Franklin D. Roosevelt, is one of the most famous of his patriotic paintings. 

Rockwell was most interested in the American experience and that includes the connection to how we deal with the seasons. Sentimental and often-times humorous, he always succeeded in depicting everyday life from his personal perspective. When the  Rockwells moved to Vermont in 1939, he became impressed by the simple small town life and the charm of the landscapes. His love the country is evident as he combined nature and people into the art. He was able to turn every depiction of a season into a nostalgic story: young love in spring, holiday celebrations in winter, baseball in the summer, schoolchildren in the fall. 

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