- NAME: Norman Rockwell
- OCCUPATION: Illustrator, Painter
- BIRTH DATE: February 03, 1894
- DEATH DATE: November 08, 1978
- EDUCATION: National Academy of Design, Art Students League of New York
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Stockbridge, Massachusetts
- Full Name: Norman Percevel Rockwell
- AKA: Norman Rockwell
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The full biography of American artist Norman Rockwell.
Ruby Bridges visited President Barack Obama to see Norman Rockwell's painting hanging outside of the Oval Office. The painting depicts her walk to school on the day of school integration in New Orleans. Video courtesy of the White House.
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In 1953 the Rockwells moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where Norman would spend the rest of his life.
Following Mary's death in 1959, Rockwell married a third time, to Molly Punderson, a retired teacher. With Molly's encouragement, Rockwell ended his relationship with the Post and began doing covers for Look. His focus also changed, as he turned more of his attention to the social issues facing the country. Much of the work centered on themes concerning poverty,
race and the Vietnam War.
In the final decade of his life, Rockwell created a trust to ensure his artistic legacy would thrive long after his passing. His work became the centerpiece of what is now called the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. In 1977—one year before his death—Rockwell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. He died at his home in Stockbridge, Massachussets, on November 8, 1978.
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