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Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom

3 July 2020

While many museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

At the height of the Second World War in 1943, Norman Rockwell completed four large-scale canvases, each depicting the Four Freedoms that Franklin D. Roosevelt had articulated in 1941. The paintings, reproduced in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post, became important symbols of American values in support of the war effort. All four are on show in this exhibition at Denver Art Museum (which reopened on 26 June), alongside some of Rockwell’s most celebrated paintings and illustrations from the Civil Rights era, and a selection of works by contemporary American artists such as Maurice ‘Pops’ Peterson that address similar themes of human rights and freedom (until 7 September). Find out more from Denver Art Museum’s website.

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Freedom of Speech (1943), Norman Rockwell.

Freedom of Speech (1943), Norman Rockwell. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indiana, IN. All rights reserved.

Freedom from Want (1943), Norman Rockwell.

Freedom from Want (1943), Norman Rockwell. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indiana, IN. All rights reserved.

Freedom of Worship (1943), Norman Rockwell.

Freedom of Worship (1943), Norman Rockwell. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indiana, IN. All rights reserved.

Golden Rule (1961), Norman Rockwell.

Golden Rule (1961), Norman Rockwell. © SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indiana, IN. All rights reserved.