Wednesday, July 20, 2016


8 x 10"
oil on panel

Norman Rockwell's iconic 'Rosie the Riveter' is a big draw at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Rockwell's image made the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on Memorial Day, 1943 - featuring a muscular woman taking her lunch break, a rivet gun on her lap, her lunchbox with Rosie on the lid by her side and, what people love the most, Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf under her foot.  The U.S. Department of Treasury used the image on war bonds that generated millions for the war effort.

Rockwell's inspiration for Rosie's pose was from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling image of the prophet Isaiah.

Norman Rockwell is one of my inspirations for wanting to be an illustrator - and Rosie the Riveter would be many a woman's inspiration for feminism.

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