Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" Gets an Image Update
"In future days…we look forward to a world founded upon four essential freedoms– freedom of speech, of worship, from material want and from fear."
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE, January 6, 1941
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Norman Rockwell, the famous American illustrator, created four paintings to represent each freedom that President Roosevelt identified. The Saturday Evening Post, publicized the images in 1943 during WWII and received 60,000 letters about them. For a long time, these iconic images were used to represent America's best ideas about freedom.
However, many believe that they exclude too many members of our diverse and changing nation. The arts organization For Freedoms sponsored a campaign for artists to create photographic updates of Rockwell's original paintings.