Iconic Four Freedoms paintings by American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell will be displayed at the Textile Museum of George Washington University on February 13.
Part of an exhibition that travels worldwide, the paintings depict Four Freedoms which were famously articulated by the 32nd President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Works of other artists and contemporaries of Rockwell, including J.C. Leyendecker, Ben Shahn, Mead Schaeffer, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks, who have also painted on the subject of freedom from World War II to the present, are also part of the exhibition titled “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms.”
Thread: Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). His work is now recognised as fine art & critics have caught up with the public who have always loved his humane view of life. Girl with Black Eye (1953), Which One (1944) & Apollo 11 (1969) pic.twitter.com/LLJfwQ7qpL
— Dr Robert Bohan (@RobertBohan) February 3, 2019
Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is the organizer of the Enduring Ideals exhibition. An illustrated catalog and teaching material for grades K-12 are also available at the exhibition.
Free walk-in tours of the galleries can be availed on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. You can also register for a private tour of the exhibition for groups of six to 40 people.
Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell was one of the most recognized American artists of his time. Inspired by Roosevelt’s address to Congress, Rockwell painted the famous Four Freedoms in 1943, which became popular and went on to tour the United States in an exhibition, raising over $130 million for the war effort.
Rockwell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country” in 1977. He died at his home in Stockbridge on November 8, 1978, at the age of 84.