Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Dinner

Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Dinner
Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Dinner

This oil painting on canvas in 1943 is an extremely popular work inthe United States, where its authorNorman Rockwellachieved a enormous popularity throughout his life. A very long life, since he was born in New York in 1894 and died in 1978 in the town of Stockbridge in the state of Massachusetts.


Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Dinner

It is precisely at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge that this original painting is preserved, but the truth is that the image has been reproduced countless times.

In fact, Rockwell was a painter, but above all he was an illustrator who worked both in advertising and print media, especially in the magazine Saturday Evening Post, for which he made drawings from a young age in 1918 until his full maturity in 1963.

In other words, he mainly worked as an illustrator, an illustrator tremendously well-known in his country, so much so that on more than one occasion he was compared toW alt Disney.

The painting was well known at the time as it was part of a group of works called The 4 Freedoms. Among them appeared this scene that represented a most familiar scene following the traditional celebration of Thanksgiving dinner. And with it the Freedom to desire was represented.

To do this he uses a familiar scene, in whichseveral generations are represented, who have all gathered to eat the traditional turkey fresh from the oven. In other words, a picture that could not be more typical, and to which everyone comes with great happiness and many desires to enjoy those moments.

This freedom was, along with the freedoms of fear, expression and belief, one of the four fundamental rights that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had alluded to in a famous speech delivered in 1941. The same year in the one that the United States was going to fully enter the World War II after the bombing suffered in Pearl Harbour.

Well, imbued with that patriotic spirit, Rockwell made an image alluding to each of those four freedoms. And with those scenes, countless posters were printed to raise money for the army. The campaign was a resounding success, as more than 100 million dollars were raised to cover the costs of the war army.

And of course, Rockwell, who already enjoyed prestige and fame, became a well-known and sought-after painter.

However, throughout his life this artist suffered from strong depressions and a certain inferiority complex compared to other artists of the 20th century integrated into different avant-garde movements.

Rockwell followed many of them, especially some of his compatriots representing the current ofAbstract Expressionism, such as Jackson Pollock, whom he deeply admired. and he feltthat he had fallen behind with his figurative painting and with an art such as illustration that many called almost antiquity. However, his popularity in his country, even today, is undeniable.

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