Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell

Freedom From Want or The Thanksgiving Picture is one of Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell


In this painting, no one is giving thanks  at a Thanksgiving table. This is how Deborah Solomon explains, “This, then, is the subject of his painting: not just the sanctity of American traditions, but the casualness with which Americans treat them. America, he suggests, is a place that not only has traditions, but the freedom to laugh at them.”

Rockwell summed up his own form of idealism best, “I paint life as I would like it to be.” It has become the life we’d want it to be. View all Four Freedom paintings by Norman Rockwell.

Note: Rockwell’s paintings were inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the State of the Union Address that he delivered to the 77th United States Congress on January 6, 1941.

Happy Thursday! Have a great Thursday day!

40 thoughts on “Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell

  1. This is a marvelous take on Thanksgiving. The family at the table seem to be happy and thankful that they are together ;). I will check the rest of Rockwell’s Freedom paintings now. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of freedom. Once again, Happy Thanksgiving, Amy 🙂


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  3. I think it’s interesting to note that the people at the table are all leaning forward in conversation with each other, not really looking at the food. So what is most important here is maybe that the ‘Freedom From Want’ allows us to enjoy other things.


  4. Such an amazing painting Amy! Love the joy and excitement in their faces!
    I don’t know anything better than gathering around a table with family and friends enjoying good food, laughter and great conversation 🙂


  5. I’m a bit late on the Happy Thanksgiving wishes … but … I am sending them to you and your family anyway because thanksgiving is about more than having a turkey. It’s about being grateful. I am grateful I have you as a blog friend.
    Issy xoxo


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