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Town Meeting

Artist:
Norman Rockwell (American, New York 1894–1978 Stockbridge, Massachusetts)
Date:
1943
Medium:
Oil on composition board
Dimensions:
21 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (54 x 43.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.164
Not on view
In 1943 Rockwell painted four large pictures illustrating the "four essential human freedoms" outlined by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1941 address to Congress. The paintings-Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear-were reproduced as covers of the Saturday Evening Post. The Metropolitan's painting is one of several preliminary studies for Freedom of Speech based on Rockwell's favorable impressions of a town meeting he attended in his hometown, Arlington, Vermont.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Norman Rockwell
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Brooklyn Museum. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," March 22–May 14, 1972.

Washington, D. C. Corcoran Gallery of Art. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," May 26–July 16, 1972.

San Antonio, Tex. Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," August 1–27, 1972.

San Francisco. M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," September 8–November 5, 1972.

Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Art Center. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," November 12–December 10, 1972.

Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," December 18, 1972–January 21, 1973.

Omaha. Joslyn Art Museum. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," January 28–February 25, 1973.

Seattle Art Museum. "Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective," March 8–April 15, 1973.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "Norman Rockwell Retrospective," July 13–September 9, 1973.

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