Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

Thanksgiving is a good time to post Norman Rockwell‘s series The Four Freedoms, inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s speech to congress in January of 1941, and published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Worship

Freedom of Worship

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Fear

Freedom from Fear

Text and audio of Roosevelt’s speech is available at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library web site.

More biographical information about Norman Rockwell is available at The Biography Institute.

More art


~ by lolarusa on November 23, 2007.

8 Responses to “Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms”

  1. He was a wonderful artist. Almost hyper-reality.

  2. Bizarrely enough this was a question in trivia last night. Other people knew it but if they hadn’t I could have saved the day. Helped us win also.

  3. Glad to hear that you won.

  4. Good day, I am interested to your pages, Bro. Especially this section. Plz dont mind to allow me to link to your page, ( and link mine to yours, we made the world linked-up. Thank you so much Bro..

  5. wow. the artwork is just beautiful. i’m definitely putting these pictures on my poster for my speech (i’m reciting the four freedoms :)

  6. I was fortunate enough to run across these on Thanksgiving. How very, very appropriate. A society that comes to find these images somehow ironic is a poorer society for it.

  7. I love this series. I think in recent years our society completely gave up on the last two, freedom from want and freedom from fear. Gigantic gaps were allowed to develop between various levels of haves and have-nots, and media and government both found it profitable to maintain a constant state of fear in the populace. These beautiful paintings may be idealized propaganda, but the mid-century American values they express are vitally important and we should not allow them to be sacrificed for the sake of profit and power.

  8. I like Rockwell’s paintings and I like the ideals represented by the paintings’ titles, but I’m also painfully aware that his work seldom represented America and the ideal (because you can argue that his pieces weren’t meant to be representative but instead show an ideal) he presents is exclusionary. In his ideal world there are few people of color and womens’ roles are almost always domestic, helping.

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