Is any artist more American than Norman Rockwell? He has captured the soul of America, drawn the wide-eyed eagerness of our children and painted the steadfastness of our traditions. Some of his works may come across as over-sentimentalized Americana. But he was also a champion of equal rights and created some iconic images of the civil rights movement like the image below of little Ruby Brooks integrating a New Orleans school.
Some critics have been dismissive of the fact that much of his work was done for magazine covers. That in no way should detract from the quality of his creations and the enormity of his talent.
These images are from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., the town where he lived from 1959 until his death in 1978 at age 84.
Rockwell on race
Rockwell on Rockwell
Rockwell on work.