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In America artists works are not only shown in museums they are often displayed on magazine covers Norman Rockwell produced cover paintings for the Saturday Evening Post a major magazine of the 1910s and for many decades later In the process he became a nationally renowned artist His precise detail brought him great popularity He created a moral myth in which people were reassured of their own essential goodness art critic Arthur C Danto told Allison Adato of Life magazine And that is a very powerful thing Film director Steven Spielberg remarked to Adato Growing up we always subscribed to the Post He saw an America of such pride and self-worth My vision is very similar to his for the most part because of him When people use the expression as American as apple pie they could just as well say as American as a Norman Rockwell painting Rockwell was born on February 3 1894 in New York City His father worked for the textile firm starting as office boy and eventually moving up to manager of the New York Office His parents were very religious and the young Rockwell was a choir boy Until he was about ten years old the family spent its summers in the country staying at farms Rockwell recalled in his autobiography My Adventures as an Illustrator I have no bad memories of my summers in the country and noted that his recollections all together formed an image of sheer blissfulness He believed that these summers had a lot to do with what I painted later on Rockwell enjoyed drawing at an early age and soon decided he wanted to be an artist During his freshman year in high school he also attended the Chase School on Saturdays to study art Later that year he attended Chase twice a week Halfway through his sophomore year he quit high school and went full time to art
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