Norman Rockwell Paintings

Norman Rockwell paintings and sketches are covered in full within this website, along with great detail on the life and career of this highly talented American artist. Norman Rockwell first became famous as an illustrator for The Satruday Evening Post and you can see several of his charming cover designs further down the page which always aimed at reflecting the lives of normal American people.

Most of the best known paintings by Norman Rockwell came between the 1920s and 1960s and reflected an older generation of America with charming style in most paintings which appeals to many in the art public who find happiness within them. Typically people choose art for their own home which is positive and also in some way matches their own lives, and Rockwell had a habit of producing art which was accessible to the masses.

Norman Rockwell paintings were exceptionally detailed and accurately captured the portraits in each. Rockwell found prefered models who he used several times but did suffer as a professional illustrator when faced with short timelines with his work that never goes well with creativity and perfectionism, causing great frustration to this artist who held integrity and pride in all he produced.

In many ways the path of Norman Rockwell can be compared to the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein who also both held relatively normal roles within illustration before moving onto become fully fledged artists with their own freedom of expression and opportunity to experiment to feed their creative desires and curiosities. Despite his constraints, much of his early illustration work still stands up well within the overall picture of his career.

Norman Rockwell actually had produced around 4,000 pieces of art work by the end of his career and these included paintings, illustrations and various other art mediums which he experimented with at different times in his career. There was general inconsistency in the reactions that the artist received from art critics, some of whom appreciated his work and talents whilst others simply saw him as a limited illustrator who did not have the depth to compete with the other major names around at that time.

After initially only covering family based topics as a magazine illustrator, Rockwell began to get acceptance as a fully fledged painter after experimenting with political comment within his work for the first time, such as one about racial integration for Look Magazine, which proved popular and later became a whole series that drew in new interest to his career from more art academics than had previously paid attention to his work.

Norman Rockwell has established himself as a highly respected artist within mainstream American art and many love his art even if they do not know much about his or other artists' careers. Many films have made reference to some of his paintings in various scenes over the past 50 years, the most famous including the likes of The Polar Express, Forrest Gump, Empire of the Sun and American Gangster.

Before the Shot

Before the Shot which is often called At the Doctors is a painting which shows the artist's cheeky side. Rockwell frequently used children within his illustrations and these are amongst his most popular today, with regular reproductions being ordered as framed art prints, posters and stretched canvases. Rockwell has a huge catalogue to choose from which reflects his long career and high productivity which came about as an employed artist in the early days.

Golden Rule

Golden Rule is often called "Do unto others as you would have them do to you" and is an extremely political work touching on religious themes which is rather rare for Rockwell making it an important piece within his overall career. Golden Rule features people from all religious denominations and seems to suggest that we all try to get onto together for the greater good, which is a noble cause.

Doctor and the Doll

Doctor and the Doll is shown above and again features a child with adult which is a common theme throughout his career. This theme is also used in Before the Shot. Rockwell also produced many based on the famous scouts movement and was generally highly interested in reflecting family life across America and would add his own sense of humour into each illustration than came about.

Freedom Of Speech

Freedom Of Speech

Freedom From Want

Freedom From Want

Outside the Principal's Office

Outside the Principal's Office

Runaway

Runaway

Sunset

Sunset

Oh Yeah

Oh Yeah

Tattoo Artist

Tattoo Artist

First Down

First Down

Shiner

Shiner

Boyhood Dreams

Boyhood Dreams

Marriage License

Marriage License

Outward Bound

Outward Bound

Missed

Missed

After the Prom

After the Prom

Art Connoisseur

Art Connoisseur

At the Vets

At the Vets

Girl at the Mirror

Girl at the Mirror

Bottom of the Sixth

Bottom of the Sixth

Man and Dog

Man and Dog

Freedom of Worship

Freedom of Worship

Fish Finders

Fish Finders

Saturday Evening Post

Saturday Evening Post

At the Optometrist

At the Optometrist

Dugout

Dugout

At the Doctors

At the Doctors

Three Umpires

Three Umpires

List of Famous Norman Rockwell Paintings

Please see below for a summarised list of the best Rockwell paintings that are featured throughout this website.

  • Scout at Ship's Wheel
  • Santa and Scouts in Snow
  • Boy and Baby Carriage
  • Circus Barker and Strongman
  • Gramps at the Plate
  • Redhead Loves Hatty Perkins
  • People in a Theatre Balcony
  • Tain't You
  • Cousin Reginald Goes to the Country
  • Santa and Expense Book
  • Mother Tucking Children into Bed
  • The Rookie
  • No Swimming
  • Santa with Elves
  • Doctor and Doll
  • The Four Freedoms
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom to Worship
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom from Fear
  • Rosie the Riveter
  • Going and Coming
  • Bottom of the Sixth
  • Saying Grace
  • The Young Lady with the Shiner
  • Girl at Mirror
  • Breaking Home Ties
  • The Marriage License
  • The Scoutmaster
  • The Runaway
  • Triple Self-Portrait
  • Golden Rule
  • The Problem We All Live With
  • Southern Justice (Murder in Mississippi)
  • New Kids in the Neighborhood
  • Russian Schoolroom
  • The Rookie
  • Spirit of 76