By: Jose Cruz Torres 3rd period
Biography of artist Norman Rockwell
Born in New York City in 1894, Rockwell always wanted to be an artist and dropped out of high school to join The National Academy of Design. Where he soon transferred to The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman. Rockwell found success early becoming a well known artist at a young age. Before the age of 16 Norman got his first painting commission of four Christmas cards. In 1916 Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, and for over the next 47 years 321 covers painted by Rockwell would appear on the post. After a very successful career, to preserve his paintings he put his work under the Old Corner House Stockbridge Historical Society. Later renamed the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge. Rockwell died in November of 1978.
History of Grandpa and me Raking Leaves
A painting drawn for one of his for seasons calander the painting was used for his 1948 issue for the season of fall. The painting is well known for its deeper meaning with the grandfather approaching the winter years of his life looks at the migrating birds and as the child burns his the leaves and burns away his adolescence and to make way for his new life chapter. In terms the painting is wel known for its realationship between the changes of life and natures seasons.
John Keats biography:
Born in London, England on October 31,1795. Keats devoted his short life to perfecting poetry with vivid imagery. He was the oldest son of his parents Thomas and Frances Keats but with both of his parents dying for different reasons. The young John was hit hard by the tragedies and had a profound effect on the young boy giving him an understanding for the human condition. Both his suffering and loss and other things helped ground his later poetry. One that found the beauty and grandeur from the human experience. Keats died at th young age of 25 due to tuberculosis.
History of poem:
To Autumn was published in 1819 and was one of the last poems Keats wrote before his death. He wrote it at the height of his skill. Keats wrote the poem after a stroll near the town of Winchester in Hampshire, England. After admiring the beauty of the season Keats wrote the poem to show his preference of autumn over spring.
Connection between poem and painting:
The connection between the poem by John Keats and the painting by Norman Rockwell is they are both about the admiration of the season of autumn. In the poem it talks about the beauty that arise during the certain season of autumn. In the painting the old man and boy are both admiring the season as they see the change of climate and season as a change in their lives. Autumn is known as a transition season and both poem and painting have to do with change, from the change of beauty in nature or the change in lifetimes.