SaturdayEveningPost26May1923 - A clown sitting on a chair with a dog
Saturday Evening Post Cover (26 May 1923)
Norman Perceval Rockwell (1894–1978) was a 20th-century American author, painter, and illustrator. His work is loved by Americans for its reflection of American culture, making him one of the most famous artists in the USA. Looking at Rockwell's love for provincial life, one could imagine he was born and raised on a farm. But in fact, he was born in New York City, and raised in a popular neighborhood, experiencing all the violence of city gangs. The family used to spend holidays in the countryside, and, from an early age, the artist developed an idyllic vision of rural life. The family house was full of books and Rockwell copied illustrations, improving his technique. At the age of 14, he enrolled at the Chase Art School in Manhattan, and later the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. He aimed to become not a painter, but a professional illustrator.