No Swimming (1921) by Norman Rockwell

No Swimming - Norman Rockwell - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleNo Swimming
ArtistNorman Rockwell
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions25 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.
Art MovementRegionalism
Current LocationThe Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
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About No Swimming

No Swimming is a masterpiece oil painting created by Norman Rockwell that graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in June 1921. This iconic artwork has become a classic representation of American realism and portrays the simple joy of country life. The painting features children and dogs playing near a “No Swimming” sign in a serene rural background. It is believed that Rockwell got his inspiration from his childhood summer vacations in upstate New York.

Famous for his illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, Rockwell was an exemplary American realist artist. The popularity of “No Swimming” among art enthusiasts and admirers made it one of the most well-known works of art by Rockwell. The painting’s depiction of children and dogs playing serves as a celebration of the carefree innocence of childhood. It is also a reflection of the social dynamics of rural life in early twentieth-century America.

Currently in the public domain, “No Swimming” continues to be a relevant piece of art, and many reproductions of the painting are available for free use. The artwork speaks to the viewer in a manner that goes beyond the mere portrayal of a scene. It captures the essence of a moment, and Norman Rockwell’s brilliance in painting has allowed the painting to stand the test of time, making it one of the most beloved and recognized works of American art.

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