Norman Rockwell (American Artist)
Norman Rockwell was a celebrated American painter.
Norman Percevel Rockwell, who was born in 3rd February, 1894, was a well-known and popular American painter who reached iconic status during his lifetime. He was interested in art at a very young age and joined the New York School of Art at the age of 14.
It was in 1913, Rockwell became the art editor of Boys’ Life, a Boy Scouts of America publication. Rockwell was drawn into the First World War but hardly saw any action, as he was a military artist. Sometime in 1916, he sold his first cover to commence a career that spanned over 60 years.
However, it was the thirties and forties that were the artists’ most productive decades. He got married to Mary Barstow sometime in 1930 who bore him three sons Peter, Thomas, and Jarvis. In 1939, Rockwell moved to Arlington, Vermont. Norman Rockwell, who was seen as a pale, lean pipe-smoking painter captured America like no one else. He was a master at his craft who painted presidents to freckle faced boys, movie stars to loveable pets.
Rockwell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. Norman Rockwell died on Veteran’s Day, 11th November, 1978.
Guide for Collectors
If you find yourself buying Norman Rockwell paintings on the market, be sure you are buying from professional sources. When you are planning to invest a substantial amount of funds on getting the art, you will have the artwork for sale approved by industry experts for the genuineness.
Many bogus Norman Rockwell paintings have been floating in the industry now. Many of the paintings for sale even have the legitimate trademark of Norman Rockwell. Because of this, do not buy the paintings or artwork if you are not certain of the foundation of the pieces.
A small tip for Norman Rockwell collectors - Norman’s paintings had a contemporary style that suited his time, which was surrealism, dada, and futurism, and basically reflected America and the small town American life. He mixed this with American ideology and most of his paintings are pleasant and humorous. However, his later paintings were rather serious and projected racism and poverty.
Rockwell had donated his personal collection to the trust in the Norman Rockwell Museum at the Massachusetts for the advancement of art. Visitors from all over the world can also purchase Rockwell's works by visiting online the Rockwell Gallery Collection, as it offers the web's comprehensive collection of Norman Rockwell prints, figurines, illustrations, postcards, boy-scout prints, posters and collectibles.
Most Expensive Works
Most of the high priced paintings of Norman Rockwell have been auctioned through Sotheby’s. "Breaking home ties" sold at Sotheby's, New York on 29th November 2006 and went for a massive hammer price of $13,750,000 against the estimated price of $4,000,000 - $6,000,000.
Likewise, Norman's "Homecoming marine" went for a hammer price of $8,200,000 at 24th May 2006 at Sotheby's, New York close to double the estimated price of $3,000,000 and $5,000,000.
The painting of Gary Cooper as "The Texan" went for an auction price of $5,921,000 (inclusive of buyer’s premium) at Sotheby's, New York on 28th November 2007, which was also double the estimated price of $1,500,000 between $2,500,000.
Another painting “Home on Leave (Sailor in Hammock)” went for an auction price of $4,520,000 (inclusive of buyer’s premium) at Sotheby’s, New York on 23rd May 2007.
"Rosie the riveter" also sold at Sotheby's, New York on 22nd May, 2002 went for a hammer price of $4,500,000.
There are only few paintings of Rockwell which have been auctioned at Christie’s and which have crossed the million-dollar mark. Two of them include "Extra Good Boys and Girls" that went for around $2.2 million (inclusive of buyer's premium) on 29th November 2007 at Christie's, New York and "Lincoln the rail-splitter" which went for $1.8 Million (inclusive of buyer's premium) on 30th November 2006 at Christie's, New York.
Most Famous Works
Rockwell produced well over 4000 original artworks during his lifetime. Although most of his work was reflected as being a bit too sentimental or naive, he was however well known for his cover illustrations (nearly 322 cover paintings) on The Saturday Evening Post.
He portrayed the small town American life as it was and some of his Christmas artworks are very popular. His works during the World War 2, The Four Freedoms have evoked much sentimentalism. Rockwell’s’ works have also been used in novels and popular films in the last decade as they evoke a lot of poignancy with the American public.
Some of the works at the Massachusetts Norman Rockwell Museum include large-scale oil paintings such as Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, The Four Freedoms, Triple Self-Portrait, Girl at Mirror, The Marriage License, and many preliminary pencil and charcoal sketches and oil and watercolor paintings.
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