9 x 12"
oil on panel
I'm working on paintings for my upcoming show The Ladies - after all, we're living in a time where women feel more empowered in this country. Each painting will feature iconic women in different eras, different purposes, different ages and different sizes. You may recognize some of the women and you may enjoy learning something new about these ladies.
I'll start with Rosie the Riveter, an iconic working woman portrayed by the illustrator Norman Rockwell, painted in 1943 for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. The magazine was distributed on Memorial Day, May 29th, featuring Rosie taking her lunch break with her rivet gun on her lap and her lunch pail under her arm, with a copy of Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf beneath her feet.
The purpose of Rosie the Riveter was to recruit female workers for defense industries during WWII. The aviation industry had the greatest increase in female workers, previously closed to them. Before the war, just 1% made up the workforce and in 1943, that rose to 65%, so the Rosie campaign was a huge success.
Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter is in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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