Norman Rockwell

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Norman Percevel Rockwell was a 20th century American painter and illustrator. His works are very prominent in the United States. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post . Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, in New York City. He had one sibling, a brother, Jarvis and his parents were Jarvis Waring and Nancy Hill. Rockwell decided he had a knack for art and moved from high school to Chase Art School at the age of 16. He then went on to the National Academy of Design and to the Art Students League, where he was taught by Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman (Mattox). Rockwell's early works were done for St. Nicholas Magazine , the Boy Scouts of America publication Boys' Life , and other juvenile publications. As a student, Rockwell was given less important jobs. His first major breakthrough came in 1912 at age 18 with his first book illustration for Carl H. Claudy's “Tell Me Why: Stories about Mother Nature” (NormanRockwell.com). Also, at age 19 he became the art editor for Boys' Life . As part of fulfilling that position he painted several covers between 1913 and 1915. His first published magazine cover, “Scout at Ship's Wheel”, appeared on Boys' Life September 1913 edition (Mattox). During the First World War he tried to enlist into the U.S. Navy but was refused entry because at he was eight pounds underweight (Claridge). In spite of his difficulties, he spent one night gorging himself on bananas, liquids, and donuts and weighed enough to enlist the next day. However, he was given the role of a military artist and did not see any action during his tour of duty. Rockwell moved to New Rochelle, New York at age 21 and shared a studio with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe, who worked for The Saturday Evening Post . With Forsythe's help, he submitted his first successful cover painting to The Post in 1916, “Boy with Baby Carriage”, published on May 20 (Mattox). He followed that success with “Circus Barker” and “Strongman” published on June 3, “Gramps at the
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