Art for Thanksgiving 2020: Freedom from Want (Rockwell)

Cher’s Famous Art

26 November 2020

“Freedom from Want”

Norman Rockwell, 1941, American Illustrator

You would be disappointed if I did not include this iconic Thanksgiving feast by Norman Rockwell!  The setting is something for us to reflect on this year as we have been forced to define for ourselves: wants vs. needs.  

This multi-generational, cozy meal is especially significant to us this year, during a worldwide pandemic, as we are forced to social distance and limit the size of our holiday gatherings in many states, including my home state of Minnesota where gatherings are forbidden outside of one’s own household–and social distancing of at least 6 feet is required.  We all long to replicate this close family dinner into which Rockwell gives us an inviting snapshot. I can smell the turkey!

This year, we the entire world is again living under the threat of a different enemy, a deadly virus, let us be encouraged and inspired by the Four Freedoms with which we as Americans have been blessed. 

“Freedom from Want” by Norman Rockwell, 1943, American

This image is part of Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms Series” inspired by a 1941 FDR speech of the same name.  With the entire world living under threat of Nazi domination, President Roosevelt gave his speech naming four basic freedoms Americans should strive for: freedom of speech, freedom to worship God as we see fit, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  Rockwell’s genius enabled him to translate these abstract American ideals into scenes from everyday life, making them seem both real and attainable. 

For more information on the other paintings in the Four Freedoms Series, click on my link to the Freedom From Fear.

Happy Thanksgiving! Be SAFE.


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