Norman Rockwell is synonymous with mid-century small-town family life across America. Although Rockwell's images are endearing and nostalgic, they were frequently criticized by his peers, and many refused to call him an artist -- instead choosing the label "illustrator." But as he matured, so did his art, and before he died in 1978, he was commissioned to paint portraits of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, and Johnson. Some of his works also captured landmark moments in America's history such as World War II and the Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout his lifetime, Rockwell produced over 4000 original works, and he is best known for his 321 captivating magazine covers for The Saturday Evening Post.