I can’t believe that I almost missed the 3rd. Sunday but with the crashing of the computer-concerts-Christmas planning etc –the bell went off about 20 minutes ago (5:00PM).
As I was growing up my family took “The Saturday Evening Post” and I remember looking forward to the drawing by Rockwell. In 1977 our daughter gave us Norman Rockwell’s America which has the span many years of wonderful work. He was born in 1984 in New York City – his father managed a textile business in NYC – George Woods, Sons and Company. Norman came from a religious family and was a choir boy at St; Luke’s and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The neighborhood that he grew up in was at that time Anglo-Saxon white and Rockwell admits to having shared the prejudices of the period. He disliked the city and spent his summers in the country – he said that this time of his life was great inspiration for his early work. When he was 9 they moved to the country and by his early teens he has decided that he wanted to be an artist. He dropped out of high school and went full time to art school and finally 1910 he became a student at Art Students League in NYC. In 1912 his family returned to NYC by Norman was earning enough in commissions to become a full time illustrator. His first commission was at age16 doing four Christmas cards followed by his first illustrated book Tell Me Why Stories.
Rockwell’s job with Boys Life led to one hundred pictures for the Boy Scouts Hike Book. On May 20, 1946 he did the first of many for The Saturday Evening Post. At the age of 22 he had established himself as a major-league illustrator. In 1916 he married Irene O’Connor ; she divorced him in 1923. He married Mary Barstow 1930 and in 1939 his family had increased to 3 sons and they move to Arlington Vermont – where is work became more naturalistic. Mary died in 1959 and Rockwell married Molly Punderson. Norman’s last Post cover was in 1963 – a picture of John F Kennedy. He died November 8, 1978 at the age of 84 leaving a painting on the easel.
You can go to www.normanrockwell.com for additional information.
The information above is from the book our daughter gave us and was Christopher Finch.
News Kiosk in the Snow 12/20/41
Christmas Country Gentleman 12/18/1920
Look up more of the Christmas Covers they are wonderful. From my computer to yours have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and Holiday Season.