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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
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, Rockwell’s iconic image of an American woman employed in the production of military hardware, is a powerful reminder of women's critical contribution to victory during World War II. Pictured at rest during her lunch break, Rosie appears triumphant in her powerful physique as she spans the canvas, given a background of an American flag.

This image appeared as a cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943. It became a beacon of patriotism, as marked by the patriotic badges across the bib of Rosie’s overalls, and the tattered copy of Mein Kampf that lies crushed under her foot.