In his paintings, Norman Rockwell helped the war effort in many ways. He was used to painting America’s fighting men as boy scouts, now he saw soldiers as civilians in uniforms and war itself was everyone’s fight.
“I don’t like to do posters,” Rockwell said, “They’re all propaganda… I don’t like to do pictures which glorify killing in a good way.”(Gillis, 97) He began innocently with Willie Gillis, a quiet guy who was caught in the first draft and eventually turned up on the cover of the Post as a G.I. with a food parcel and hungry friends. Before Willie had a chance to battle his way through hospitality, Rockwell’s war got serious: Let’s give him enough and on time (as seen in the picture on page one). (Illustrtor, 56) A friend of his, Colonel Fairfax Ayers, made arrangements to have a machine gun and crew driven to Rockwell’s studio. This painting was to be an action picture with guns blazing, and at first Rockwell thought this a little distracting because everything was clean. The gunners were more than willing to have their uniforms torn and soiled by the artist. (Gillis, 97) In the original sketch, the gunner was smiling, to encourage the people back home to keep the ammo coming. Fac
He did many covers for magazines, some are: The American Magazine, Boy"tms Life, The Country Gentleman, Good House Keeping, Life, Literary Digest, Life, and St. Rockwell also did portraits of important and famous people, some are: Dwight Eisenhower, JFK, Richard Nixon, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon B. The grandmother sets the turkey on a white tablecloth before the children and grandchildren, while her husband gets ready to carve it and share it with the family. ed with the real machine-gun crew, Rockwell decided that his idea "was a bit silly"(Gillis, 96). " I use all my neighbors as models, there is almost nobody in town I haven"tmt painted," Norman Rockwell once said. "He made the average American special," a writer once said. (Advertising, 68)Freedom of Worship People of different religions praying. Now I am Wildly excited about painting contemporary subjects". Norman Rockwell was also famous for the putting real life situations into his paintings. The paintings went to sixteen different cities and were seen by about 1,222,000 people. (Buechner, 45) Some of his works were funny, such as an overweight chef eating a pastry while reading a diet book, a tattooed soldier with the names of girlfriends engraved in his arm, or boys running from a creek, with the sign "No swimming". Stuart, who was the Post artist editor in 1944, was referring to Norman Rockwell"tms ability to act out for his models the exact expression he wanted. He would request different poses and ask models to make different faces or expressions. There were empty cartridges on the ground and heaps of cartridge tape to show that his ammunition was gone. treasury Department sent the paintings on a nationwide tour; they also made them the official posters for the second war bond loan drive.