Summary Of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms

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Pictures are everywhere, but their meaning is what makes them powerful. Conversely, a man, Norman Rockwell created four works of propaganda posters during WWII known as The Four Freedoms to boost the war effort, persuade Americans to purchase war bonds, and represent the American identity. Prior to making the four works of art, Rockwell was an illustrator and painter who illustrated covers for magazines primarily for The Saturday Evening Post, a magazine famous American company which circulated the Middle class. However, The four Freedoms collection is what strengthens his influence in American society. Norman Rockwell successfully convinces Americans during WWII to purchase war bonds. In addition, Rockwell also successfully represents the American identity through his work of art. On February 21, 1943 The Saturday Evening Post published “Freedom of Speech”, the first propaganda poster of The Four Freedoms collection. The main purpose of that poster is to persuade Americans during WWII to purchase war bonds, and is also an illustration of what was at stake; freedom of speech. Moreover, his posters were inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s four freedoms speech in which Roosevelt spoke about his abstract concepts of the four basic human rights; Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom of fear. For example the first freedom, Freedom of speech is oil on canvas, 45 ¾” x35 1/2” (, depicts an overall feeling of patriotism and heroism. As seen in the image, the background is black, primarily where the Caucasian man is standing. In addition, the man is holding a strong posture and a stern face that projects a concern feeling while a few people in the image for example, the two Caucasian men next to him, are looking up to him. He is also wearing a brown stained jacket with a flannel shirt, while the men around him are wearing suits. Next, the man at the bottom right is holding onto a light blue pamphlet that has the words “Annual report” and “Town” which indicates the people of the town rich, middle class, or poor are having a meeting about any concerns or reports that need to be brought to the spotlight, but the most important aspect of this image are the colors. Without a doubt he’s

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