Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell Christmas Biography

Norman Rockwell Biography

Norman Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, in New York City, to Jarvis Waring Rockwell and Anne Mary "Nancy" (Hill) Rockwell.
He knew that all he wanted to do in his life was create works of art. At the age of 14. Rockwell transferred from high school to the Chase Art School. Later he attended the National Academy of Design and then went on to the Art Students League.

Rumor has it that he created prolific Christmas scenes the way he had wished his would have been at home. His home life was rumored to have been riddled with deispare and he found his refuge through his art.

When he first started his art career, he created works for St. Nicholas Magazine, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) publication Boys' Life, and other youth publications.

The job that helped him break into more mainstream came at age eighteen with his first book illustration for Carl H. Claudy's Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature.

Soon after he was hired as a staff artist for Boy's Life and received a staggering fifty dollars per month for his cover and story illustrations. At the ripe old age of 19, he became the art editor for Boys Life which was published by the Boy Scouts of America. A job he kept for the next three years.

At the age of 21 Rockwell's family moved to New York. There they shared a studio apartment with cartoonist Clyde Forsythe who work for the Saturday Evening Post. With the help of his new roommate, Rockwell was able to get his first success cover painting to the Post in 1916 titles Mother's Day Off and many more were soon to follow. He published 323 original covers over the 47 years he worked at the Saturday Evening Post.

Norman Rockwell did covers for other notable publications of his day well . Including The Country Gentleman, Leslie's Weekly, The Literary Digest, Judge Peoples Popular Monthly and Life magazine.

Rockwell Tried to enlist in the Navy during World War I but was turned down because he was underweight. He was six feet tall and only weighed 140 lbs. He spent an entire night eating bananas, doughnuts and liquid to gain the needed eight pounds. The following day he was accepted and give the role of military artist. During the war he never saw any combat action during his service.

During World War II, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms series inspired by Franklin D Roosevelt who described the what he called the four principals for universal rights. Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Worship.

Norman Rockwell ended his career with the Post in 1963 and later went on to work for Look Magazine for the next ten years where he focused on many social issues that were important to him.

He suffered from emphysema in his later years and at the age of 84 succumbed to the illness. His funeral was attended by then first lady Rosalynn Carter.