STOCKBRIDGE, Mass (WWLP) – It’s a portrait that is quite famous to western Massachusetts by Norman Rockwell “Freedom From Want”. 22News is working for you with what this painting means to locals around this time of the year.
The year was 1943 Norman Rockwell painted the “Freedom From Want.” It was one of four painting inspired by President Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address, known as Four Freedoms. It’s a classic portrait of a family gathered around a dining room table enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner together. This portrait can be found in the Norman Rockwell Museum located in Stockbridge in the Berkshires.
Margit Hotchkiss, Deputy Director of Audience and Business Development at the Norman Rockwell Museum, told 22News, “I think Rockwell brings us back to memories, we all think about common human nature stories, we can all reflex on something that strikes a cord with us and its just something everyone can relate to.”
The portrait actually depicts Rockwell’s own family, the woman with brown hair on the bottom left is his wife Mary on the other side, the older woman with white air is his mom Nancy. The painting is meant to resemble how every family is different, every family evolves, and Thanksgiving is a time of coming together.
22News talked to a family of three different generations visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum Tuesday. They came to the museum together because they were visiting each other for Thanksgiving.
Celia Shuberttock, from Tennessee, told 22News, “We get to see snow and spend time with my parents and we get to see a cool museum and I love Norman Rockwell.”
Its important to remember the real meaning of Thanksgiving. Its a time to come together and be thankful for what you have and for the people by whom you are surrounded by.