Rockwell’s career as an artist. Sadly in 1943 Rockwell’s Arlington studio was destroyed by a fire. Numerous paintings, historical props, and costumes were also destroyed from the fire. Norman Rockwell later died on November 8th, 1978 due to Emphysema. One man who was inspired by Norman Rockwell’s art would later create one of the most iconic female characters in history. That character being Rosie the Riveter and that creator being J.Howard Miller. Miller used his talent to create posters and art that depicted the lives of women behind the war effort. Miller was born in 1918 and was a young man when the attacks of pearl harbor dragged the U.S into the war in Europe. While thousands of young men joined the military to fight in Europe a lot of factory jobs needed workers. Thus the women had to step up and do the jobs the men left behind. Miller did art that portrayed women in a strong way. Miller became famous for his portrayals of work these women did. Howard was inspired by the work of Norman Rockwell. “Rockwell created a painting for the Saturday evening post that showed a
woman working in a factory” (Blogart). He later while working in a Westinghouse, miller created a piece of art and titled it “We can do it!”. The piece had the same outfit that Rockwells piece wore. Miller would later find out that his piece would become a symbol of the female spirit. The woman in the painting would be known as Rosie the Riveter. When the U.S entered World War 2 most of the women were doing the jobs that helped the war effort. Rosie the Riveter was the leader of a campaign that helped recruit female
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- Winter '16
- Matt Haugen
- World War II, Norman Rockwell, Four Freedoms