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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.

Rosie the Riveter

Artist: Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978)
Date: 1943
52 x 40 in. (132.1 x 101.6 cm)
Framed: 62 in. × 50 in. × 3 1/4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2007.178
Signed: l.r.: Norman / Rockwell
Not on View
Accession Number: 2007.178
ProvenanceSaturday Evening Post; given to the United States Treasury Department's Second War Loan Drive, 1943; won at raffle by Mrs. P. R. Eichenberg, 1943, Mount Lebanon, PA. Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company, New York, NY; (Martha Parrish and James Reinish, New York, NY); to Private Collection, 2000; (Sotheby's, New York, NY), May 22, 2002, lot 16; purchased by (Elliott Yeary Gallery, Aspen, CO), on behalf of Ranger Endowments Management, Dallas, TX, 2002; (Hammer Galleries, New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2007
Label TextRosie the Riveter stands as a powerful reminder of American women’s critical contributions to victory during World War II. Posed before a waving American flag and dressed in red, white, and blue, Rosie proudly displays a series of patriotic badges across the bib of her overalls. A tattered copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf lies underfoot.

The image emblazoned the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943, in the midst of the wartime labor boom which helped to ease unemployment experienced during the Great Depression. Closer examination reveals the art historical inspiration for Norman Rockwell’s statuesque figure: Michelangelo’s depiction of the prophet Isaiah on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.