Norman Rockwell's influences included top-flight illustrators and genre painters, but he brought to his work an unrivaled genius for nostalgia. Through his sweet, warmhearted, and superbly wrought paintings, he told us stories of an idealized America. In delivering a distillation of the way we wanted to see our country, Rockwell reflected the currents of American life.
Rockwell entered the field of illustration at a fortuitous moment. National magazines were bringing artists' work into millions of households each week, and his talent found itself in the right place at the right time. In 1916, he sold his first cover illustration to the Saturday Evening Post; over the next five decades he would paint more than three hundred covers for the Post.
By the 1940's, Norman Rockwell had become a living treasure. Today his works are recognized worldwide and his name is synonymous with a distinctly American era and way of life.
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