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'''Norman Percevel Rockwell''' (February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978) was an American illustrator, best known for his magazine covers for ''The Saturday Evening Post'' from 1916 to 1963. Rockwell's works typically involved gently humorous or sentimental depictions of children or idyllic American life. His paintings have been [[StockParody frequently homaged or parodied in popular culture.]]

[[AC:[[ShoutOut References/Homages/ShoutOut]]s to his paintings in Popular Culture:]]
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/NR4Fear_8511.JPG Freedom from Fear]]": Homaged in ''EmpireOfTheSun''
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rockwell_want_8435.jpg Freedom from Want]]": Homaged in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Film/AmericanGangster'' as well as covers for JusticeLeagueOfAmerica [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_slzL0vHRjtY/Sw1C_H0QB8I/AAAAAAAABfw/fMT2GsTJtiI/s1600/JSA_54.jpg #54]] and ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' [[http://www.comicbookjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/fantastic-four-564.jpg #564]], and promotional artwork for ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''.
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Shiner_2152.jpg The Shiner]]": Homaged in ''Film/ForrestGump''
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Norman-Rockwell-The-Discovery-275x300_748.jpg Boy Discovering Santa Suit]]": Homaged in ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' and a deleted scene from ''SecondhandLions''
* The setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is named "Rockwell" after the artist.
* Norman Rockwell appears as a character in the ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' episode "A Passion for Life".
** Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg are both fans and collectors of Rockwell's art; in 2010 the Smithsonian held [[http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2010/rockwell/ an exhibition]] of works from their collections.
* Rockwell is shown painting the original Silk Spectre in the [[Film/{{Watchmen}} film adaptation of "Watchmen".]]
* Third album of {{ComicBook/Blacksad}} referenses "Connoisseur".

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!!Tropes associated with Rockwell and his paintings:

* TheAllAmericanBoy: One of his favorite subjects.
* AsideGlance: "Freedom from Want" is a well-known example.
* AuthorAvatar / CreatorCameo: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, usually with an element of mild SelfDeprecation. A classic example is "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* CultureEqualsCostume: "The Golden Rule"
* CreatorThumbprint: Children, animals, expressive postures and elaborate costuming.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type I
* EmbarrassingTattoo: "The Tattoo", where a tough looking guy is having the name of his ''next'' girlfriend being written on his arm, atop a long list of crossed out names of former girlfriends.
* EverytownAmerica
* TheFifties
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: "Stolen Clothes" has a mild variant, with a dog making off with a boy's pants and leaving him in his swim trunks.
* GossipyHens: "The Gossips"
* GossipEvolution
* HeroicBSOD: "The Discovery"
* HeyItsThatGuy: Model James K. Brunt makes frequent appearances.
* MaltShop: "The Soda Jerk"
* MarilynManeuver: "The Cave of Winds"
* MoodWhiplash: Look at a bunch of Rockwell's small-town life paintings, then check out "[[http://ayay.co.uk/backgrounds/paintings/norman_rockwell/lets-give-him-enough-and-on-time.jpg Let's Give Him Enough and On Time"]].
** Or [[http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/y/1/1/Norman-Rockwell-Murder-in-Mississippi-Southern-Justice-1965.jpg "Southern Justice"]]. Or [[http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/2/2/1/Norman-Rockwell-The-Problem-We-All-Live-With-1964.jpg "The Problem We All Live With"]].
* PosthumousCollaboration: "{{Garfield}} Visits Rockwell," originally done for a Garfield calendar and now [[http://www.zazzle.com/GarfieldandRockwell/ being merchandised]].
* POVCam: Subjects in Rockwell's paintings are often seen from behind in this manner.
* {{Recurring Character}}s: Willie Gillis during WorldWarII on ''Saturday Evening Post'' covers; [[http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2010/06/26/art-literature/artists-illustrators/illustrator-norman-rockwell/norman-rockwells-cousin-reginald.html Cousin Reginald]] on ''The Country Gentlemen'' covers.
* RogueJuror: "Jury Room"
* ScoutOut: Averted. Rockwell was an official calendar artist for the Boy Scouts of America for fifty years.
* SliceOfLife
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work has been criticized as too idealistic, but in response, he said, "I paint life as I would like it to be."
** Even his civil rights paintings were optimistic that America was doing the right thing desegregating schools and neighborhoods.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** Rockwell did several AprilFoolsDay covers for the ''Post'' which were essentially visual puzzles inviting the reader to spot the many "errors" contained therein.
** A number of his later ''Post'' covers were simple portraits of well-known figures including RichardMNixon and JohnFKennedy.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** Alex Ross is cited as "The Norman Rockwell of Comics". Illustrator C.F. Payne's back cover paintings for ''Reader's Digest'' have also been frequently compared to Rockwell's work.
** Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light[[TradeSnark (tm)]] wanted to be Norman Rockwell so very badly ("painting for the people"), but thought that meant painting landscapes with buildings so brightly lit that "[[http://voidmanufacturing.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/the-madness-of-thomas-kincade/ seem consumed from within by raging infernos.]]"
** FrankCapra, though more a contemporary than a successor, could be seen as filmdom's answer to Rockwell.
* SweetheartSipping: [[http://www.best-norman-rockwell-art.com/images/1921-Norman-Rockwell-Crush-advertisement-Orange-Crush-An-Orange-Crush-350-Digimarc.jpg This Orange Crush advertisement]].
** Also the ''Post'' cover "A Day in the Life of a Girl".
* WorldWarII: Rockwell depicted many soldiers during the wartime years. Most famously [[RecurringCharacter Willie Gillis]].

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'''Norman Percevel Rockwell''' (February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978) was an American illustrator, best known for his magazine covers for ''The Saturday Evening Post'' from 1916 to 1963. Rockwell's works typically involved gently humorous or sentimental depictions of children or idyllic American life. His paintings have been [[StockParody frequently homaged or parodied in popular culture.]]

[[AC:[[ShoutOut References/Homages/ShoutOut]]s to his paintings in Popular Culture:]]
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/NR4Fear_8511.JPG Freedom from Fear]]": Homaged in ''EmpireOfTheSun''
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rockwell_want_8435.jpg Freedom from Want]]": Homaged in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Film/AmericanGangster'' as well as covers for JusticeLeagueOfAmerica [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_slzL0vHRjtY/Sw1C_H0QB8I/AAAAAAAABfw/fMT2GsTJtiI/s1600/JSA_54.jpg #54]] and ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' [[http://www.comicbookjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/fantastic-four-564.jpg #564]], and promotional artwork for ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''.
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Shiner_2152.jpg The Shiner]]": Homaged in ''Film/ForrestGump''
* "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Norman-Rockwell-The-Discovery-275x300_748.jpg Boy Discovering Santa Suit]]": Homaged in ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' and a deleted scene from ''SecondhandLions''
* The setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is named "Rockwell" after the artist.
* Norman Rockwell appears as a character in the ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' episode "A Passion for Life".
** Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg are both fans and collectors of Rockwell's art; in 2010 the Smithsonian held [[http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2010/rockwell/ an exhibition]] of works from their collections.
* Rockwell is shown painting the original Silk Spectre in the [[Film/{{Watchmen}} film adaptation of "Watchmen".]]
* Third album of {{ComicBook/Blacksad}} referenses "Connoisseur".

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!!Tropes associated with Rockwell and his paintings:

* TheAllAmericanBoy: One of his favorite subjects.
* AsideGlance: "Freedom from Want" is a well-known example.
* AuthorAvatar / CreatorCameo: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, usually with an element of mild SelfDeprecation. A classic example is "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* CultureEqualsCostume: "The Golden Rule"
* CreatorThumbprint: Children, animals, expressive postures and elaborate costuming.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type I
* EmbarrassingTattoo: "The Tattoo", where a tough looking guy is having the name of his ''next'' girlfriend being written on his arm, atop a long list of crossed out names of former girlfriends.
* EverytownAmerica
* TheFifties
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: "Stolen Clothes" has a mild variant, with a dog making off with a boy's pants and leaving him in his swim trunks.
* GossipyHens: "The Gossips"
* GossipEvolution
* HeroicBSOD: "The Discovery"
* HeyItsThatGuy: Model James K. Brunt makes frequent appearances.
* MaltShop: "The Soda Jerk"
* MarilynManeuver: "The Cave of Winds"
* MoodWhiplash: Look at a bunch of Rockwell's small-town life paintings, then check out "[[http://ayay.co.uk/backgrounds/paintings/norman_rockwell/lets-give-him-enough-and-on-time.jpg Let's Give Him Enough and On Time"]].
** Or [[http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/y/1/1/Norman-Rockwell-Murder-in-Mississippi-Southern-Justice-1965.jpg "Southern Justice"]]. Or [[http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/2/2/1/Norman-Rockwell-The-Problem-We-All-Live-With-1964.jpg "The Problem We All Live With"]].
* PosthumousCollaboration: "{{Garfield}} Visits Rockwell," originally done for a Garfield calendar and now [[http://www.zazzle.com/GarfieldandRockwell/ being merchandised]].
* POVCam: Subjects in Rockwell's paintings are often seen from behind in this manner.
* {{Recurring Character}}s: Willie Gillis during WorldWarII on ''Saturday Evening Post'' covers; [[http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2010/06/26/art-literature/artists-illustrators/illustrator-norman-rockwell/norman-rockwells-cousin-reginald.html Cousin Reginald]] on ''The Country Gentlemen'' covers.
* RogueJuror: "Jury Room"
* ScoutOut: Averted. Rockwell was an official calendar artist for the Boy Scouts of America for fifty years.
* SliceOfLife
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work has been criticized as too idealistic, but in response, he said, "I paint life as I would like it to be."
** Even his civil rights paintings were optimistic that America was doing the right thing desegregating schools and neighborhoods.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** Rockwell did several AprilFoolsDay covers for the ''Post'' which were essentially visual puzzles inviting the reader to spot the many "errors" contained therein.
** A number of his later ''Post'' covers were simple portraits of well-known figures including RichardMNixon and JohnFKennedy.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** Alex Ross is cited as "The Norman Rockwell of Comics". Illustrator C.F. Payne's back cover paintings for ''Reader's Digest'' have also been frequently compared to Rockwell's work.
** Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light[[TradeSnark (tm)]] wanted to be Norman Rockwell so very badly ("painting for the people"), but thought that meant painting landscapes with buildings so brightly lit that "[[http://voidmanufacturing.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/the-madness-of-thomas-kincade/ seem consumed from within by raging infernos.]]"
** FrankCapra, though more a contemporary than a successor, could be seen as filmdom's answer to Rockwell.
* SweetheartSipping: [[http://www.best-norman-rockwell-art.com/images/1921-Norman-Rockwell-Crush-advertisement-Orange-Crush-An-Orange-Crush-350-Digimarc.jpg This Orange Crush advertisement]].
** Also the ''Post'' cover "A Day in the Life of a Girl".
* WorldWarII: Rockwell depicted many soldiers during the wartime years. Most famously [[RecurringCharacter Willie Gillis]].

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* AuthorAvatar: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, usually with an element of mild SelfDeprecation. A classic example is "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).

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* AuthorAvatar: AuthorAvatar / CreatorCameo: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, usually with an element of mild SelfDeprecation. A classic example is "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).
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* AsideGlance: Occasionally. "Freedom from Want" is a well-known example.

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* AsideGlance: Occasionally. "Freedom from Want" is a well-known example.
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* AsideGlance: Occasionally. "Freedom from Want" is a well-known example.
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Rockwell did several AprilFoolsDay covers for the ''Post'' which were essentially visual puzzles inviting the reader to spot the many "errors" contained therein.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
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Rockwell did several AprilFoolsDay covers for the ''Post'' which were essentially visual puzzles inviting the reader to spot the many "errors" contained therein.



* SpiritualSuccessor: Alex Ross is cited as "The Norman Rockwell of Comics". Illustrator C.F. Payne's back cover paintings for ''Reader's Digest'' have also been frequently compared to Rockwell's work.

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Alex Ross is cited as "The Norman Rockwell of Comics". Illustrator C.F. Payne's back cover paintings for ''Reader's Digest'' have also been frequently compared to Rockwell's work.



* WorldWarII: Rockwell depicted many soldiers during the wartime years. Most famously [[RecurringCharacter Willie Gillis]].

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* WorldWarII: Rockwell depicted many soldiers during the wartime years. Most famously [[RecurringCharacter Willie Gillis]].Gillis]].

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* CreatorThumbprint: Children, animals, elaborate costuming.

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* CreatorThumbprint: Children, animals, expressive postures and elaborate costuming.
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* AuthorAvatar: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, most humorously in "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).

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* AuthorAvatar: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, most humorously in usually with an element of mild SelfDeprecation. A classic example is "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).
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* AuthorAvatar: Rockwell worked himself into several of his paintings, most humorously in "Triple Self-Portrait" (shown above).
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'''Norman Percevel Rockwell''' (February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978) was an American illustrator, best known for his magazine covers for ''The Saturday Evening Post'' from 1916 to 1963. Often associated with children or idyllic American life. His paintings have been [[StockParody frequently homaged or parodied in popular culture.]]

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'''Norman Percevel Rockwell''' (February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978) was an American illustrator, best known for his magazine covers for ''The Saturday Evening Post'' from 1916 to 1963. Often associated with Rockwell's works typically involved gently humorous or sentimental depictions of children or idyllic American life. His paintings have been [[StockParody frequently homaged or parodied in popular culture.]]
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'''Norman Percevel Rockwell''' (February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978) American illustrator best known for his covers for ''The Saturday Evening Post''. Often associated with children or idyllic American life. His paintings have been [[StockParody frequently homaged or parodied in popular culture.]]

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'''Norman Percevel Rockwell''' (February 3, 1894 November 8, 1978) was an American illustrator illustrator, best known for his magazine covers for ''The Saturday Evening Post''.Post'' from 1916 to 1963. Often associated with children or idyllic American life. His paintings have been [[StockParody frequently homaged or parodied in popular culture.]]
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