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Norman Rockwell | Style Imitating Art, Imitating Style

Few men have been able to capture American life as skillfully as Norman Rockwell could. Rockwell had an impeccable ability in depicting blue collar America and being able to convey the emotions of his subjects. Norman Rockwell, by way of his paintbrush, captured some of the most iconic imagery of the 30s and 40s. Unknowingly to many, most of his paintings were staged in his studio and prepared for a scene, at times using multiple individuals from separate studies. [More Inside]

While most of his paintings were greatly staged, most of the subjects he depicted were very real individuals in American society. That is to say, he painted who they were and therefore captured the sartorial sensibilities of the blue collar American.  The presence of denim, leather, gingham, khaki, work boots and plaid can be found in virtually every painting.

Take a look for yourself and try to not see the similarities between then and the emerging style of today.

The Homecoming Marine (1945)

Freedom of Speech (1943)

Saturday Evening Post - Home From Camp (1940)

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The Tattooist (1944)

Freedom From Fear (1943)

The Gaiety Dance Team (1937)

Mr. Norman Rockwell in "Triple Self Portrait" (1960)

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