YMMV / Norman Rockwell

  • Moment of Awesome: Rockwell's later, more political illustrations dealing with race relations. Especially The Problem We All Live With.
    • His Four Freedoms series, two mentioned above.
    • Outside The Principal's Office aka "The Shiner". Yes, the girl has a black eye. Yes, she's in big trouble waiting in front of the principal's office. And Yes, she is grinning from ear to ear knowing full well that whatever happened was totally worth it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "The Problem We All Live With".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes
  • Tear Jerker: "Breaking Home Ties".
  • Vindicated by History: Art critics during his career dismissed his work as "banal" and considered him a mere "illustrator" (which Rockwell didn't mind, or even disagree with). It wasn't until the 1970s during his late career when critics re-appraised his artwork and realized the emotional impact his works had.
    • Rockwell first painted Four Freedoms for the U.S. Government, at the start of World War II, to use as propaganda posters, but none of the agencies he approached wanted them. By 1943 he allowed the Post to reprint them... and the fan response was overwhelming to where the government came back asking to use them for a War Bonds promotional tour. That tour ended up making $160 million for the War Effort. The four paintings - especially Freedom From Want - are among the most famous American works of art in the world.