Norman Rockwell: Rosie the Riveter

Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May, 1943.

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~ by lolarusa on June 2, 2010.

4 Responses to “Norman Rockwell: Rosie the Riveter”

  1. She looks strong. I guess that’s the idea. Those shoes don’t look very safe for work though.

  2. According to the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, there was a shortage of work boots in women’s sizes during the war, so it was common for women to do factory work in inadequate shoes like loafers.

    They also pointed out that Rosie’s pose is modeled on Michelangelo’s portrait of Isaiah in the Sistine Chapel.
    (http://www.portraitpaintingsbyartist.com/IsaiahByMichelangeloSml.JPG)

  3. That explains the shoes. Interesting about the pose, also massive legs and very small head add to the solid strong look of the work. I like it.

  4. WOW! Subliminally I probably made the connection to Isaiah, but it’s so satisfying to have that pointed out…

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