Rockwell's relationship with the Post continued for 47 years and included 323 covers. It was one of the most important and remarkable creative associations of the 20th century.
At its peak, the Post enjoyed a circulation of 6.2 million readers. People in small towns without a museum or library looked forward to receiving the Post cover each week; for some, illustrations in publications were their only contact with art. People in those days before television or the internet lingered over the covers. Rockwell had a far larger audience than Picasso.
In what was called "the Century of the Common Man," Rockwell's covers helped to serve as glue for a nation by visualizing a common human nature through two World Wars and the Great Depression.
|Rockwell's famous "Four Freedoms" first appeared in the Post|
Rockwell's high standards are truly inspiring. He painted "100%" in gold on his easel to remind himself always to do his very best.
The centennial of Rockwell's first cover is being celebrated this week by the Norman Rockwell Museum.