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He set the scene in the actual toy department at the big Marshall Field store — then the Grande Dame of American department stores. Marshall Field obligingly supplied him with all manner of toys and props, but as the artist worked he felt he needed more dolls, so went out and bought them himself. A perfectionist, Rockwell was not satisfied with the salesgirl first picked as the model, so for weeks he visited other stores, peering at the help, looking for just the right face.
And he found it in the person of Sophie Aumand — a waitress from Springfield, Massachusetts. Become a Saturday Evening Post member and enjoy unlimited access. Both of these would become important elements in Rockwell's work.
It did not take long for Rockwell to start working commercially. In fact, he was published many times while still a teenager. He continued working for the magazine through , creating a total of 52 illustrations. The piece, titled "Boy with Baby Carriage" appeared in the May 20, , issue of the popular magazine. Right from the start, Rockwell's illustrations carried that signature wit and whimsy that would make up his entire body of work. Rockwell enjoyed 47 years of success with the Post.
Over that time he provided covers to the magazine and was instrumental in what many called "The Golden Age of Illustration. His depictions of everyday people in humorous, thoughtful, and sometimes wrenching scenarios defined a generation of American life. He was a master at capturing emotions and in observing life as it unfolded.
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Few artists have been able to capture the human spirit quite like Rockwell. In this work, the artist began to take on more serious social issues.
Norman Rockwell Biography
Poverty and civil rights were at the top of Rockwell's list, though he did dabble in America's space program as well. Norman Rockwell was a commercial artist and the amount of work he produced reflects that. As one of the most prolific artists in the 20th century, he has many memorable pieces and everyone has a favorite. A few in his collection do stand out, though. In , Rockwell painted a series of four paintings after hearing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's State of the Union address. That same year, Rockwell painted his version of the famous "Rosie the Riveter. In contrast, another well-known painting, "Girl at the Mirror" in shows the softer side of being a girl.
In it, a young girl compares herself to a magazine, throwing aside her favorite doll as she contemplates her future. Rockwell's work entitled "Triple Self-Portrait" gave America a look into the quirky humor of the artist.