Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone finds a perfect meal, one that fit your individual tastes.

Norman Rockwell was inspired by a speech given by Franklin Roosevelt. It was the president's January 1941 State of the Union Address to the US Congress. Rockwell took Roosevelt's ideas and produced a painting illustrating each of the Four Freedoms the president had mentioned in his speech.

It is my understanding that Rockwell originally wanted to create the paintings for the US Government, but his idea was rejected. The Saturday Evening Post finally commissioned the works from Rockwell and published them.

Freedom From Want was first published in 1943 and it has become the symbol for a nostalgic traditional Happy Thanksgiving. A few ago I took Rockwell's image and re-drew it with a different casting of characters.

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