This article was corrected | View correction
When interviewed for a magazine profile in 1960, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) emphatically defined himself as a genre painter. To make sure his interviewer got it right, he spelled it out for her, “That's spelled g-e-n-r-e.”1(p432) For more than 60 years, beginning with his first Saturday Evening Post cover, Boy With Baby Carriage, published on May 20, 1916, his anecdotal vignettes chronicled American life and values. In all, Rockwell completed 322 covers for the Post over nearly half a century. He represented America's proud patriotic strength and its democratic principles during 2 World Wars, and when the civil rights movement began, he documented the injustice of bigotry and the consequences of racial hatred. Throughout, as a keen observer of human nature, he depicted with a wry wit and a real sense of humor the hopes and struggles of growing up in America. Early in his career, as a matter of artistic technique, he was advised to invite the viewer into his illustrations. His success in engaging viewers through their active imaginations was widely appreciated. Adored by his viewing public and frequently scorned by avant-garde critics, Rockwell always hoped for more positive critical recognition. Despite his art training and familiarity with modern art (Picasso was one of his favorite artists), overall he did not receive such recognition. A re-evaluation of his work is under way,3 initiated by a traveling exhibition of selected art works from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more
Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features
Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)
Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), American. Cover image: The Art Critic, 1955. Oil on canvas, 39.5 × 36.26 in. ©1955 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing Co, Indianapolis, Ind. All rights reserved (http://www.curtispublishing.com).
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), American. Freedom from Fear, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45.75 × 35.5 in. ©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing Co, Indianapolis, Ind. All rights reserved (http://www.curtispublishing.com).
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), American. Stained Glass, 1960. Oil on canvas, 46 × 43 in. ©1960 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing Co, Indianapolis, Ind. All rights reserved (http://www.curtispublishing.com).
Thank you for submitting a comment on this article. It will be reviewed by JAMA Psychiatry editors. You will be notified when your comment has been published. Comments should not exceed 500 words of text and 10 references.
Do not submit personal medical questions or information that could identify a specific patient, questions about a particular case, or general inquiries to an author. Only content that has not been published, posted, or submitted elsewhere should be submitted. By submitting this Comment, you and any coauthors transfer copyright to the journal if your Comment is posted.
* = Required Field
Disclosure of Any Conflicts of Interest*
Indicate all relevant conflicts of interest of each author below, including all relevant financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including, but not limited to, employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speakers’ bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued. If all authors have none, check "No potential conflicts or relevant financial interests" in the box below. Please also indicate any funding received in support of this work. The information will be posted with your response.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 1
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
and access these and other features:
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.