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Norman Perceval Rockwell born in New York City 1894 has always been fascinated with art although it was disliked by his mother His family included his mother father brother named Jarvis and of course himself Growing up Rockwell was a pale skinny child with thick glasses He envied Jarvis and the other boys because of their physical grace and was determined to do something with his scrawny body After a month of exercising with no results Rockwell decided to focus on his talent art He started painting in 1912 at just 18-years-old and retired in 1976 two years before he died in Stockbridge Massachusetts The artist completed roughly 4000 drawings and paintings and over 520 magazine covers At age fourteen he enrolled at the New York School for art and later quit high school after his sophomore year when he was only fifteen-years-old Then on the next year he earned commission for four Christmas card paintings He moved to Rachelle Massachusetts in 1916 and managed to sell his first Saturday Evening Post cover called Boy with Baby Carriage During the years of WWI his enlistment was refused since he was a skinny kid who was 81 pounds underweight However Rockwell was later employed as a military artist Later in his life he called his lack of education a badge of honor because he had accomplished so much without it Painting to please his audience Norman Rockwell likes to put happiness in his work along with a bit of humor His creations are realistic and almost photographical and consist in themes of patriotism holidays diligence family courtship and etc He says he painted life as I would like it be The artist is very interested in people and always uses models for his work In his pictures he showed the distinctive ways people looked acted and dressed At that time he thought that using photographs was plagiarism but later changed his mind when he noticed all
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