Rockwell, Norman

Renowned as one of the preeminent illustrators of the 20th century, Norman Rockwell occupies a distinct niche in the collective consciousness of modern America. While often associated with an idealized, conservative, white American past, his career reveals a nuanced narrative. His evolving portrayals of race reflect personal ideological shifts and broader cultural changes. Transitioning to Look magazine enabled Rockwell to address racial realities directly. Notably, his seminal work, “The Problem We All Live With,” commissioned by President Obama in 2011, poignantly captures the struggle and resistance of the Civil Rights Movement. Spanning nearly six decades, Rockwell’s career mirrors America’s dynamic transformation, portraying him as a symbol of 20th-century racial progress.

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