Freedom From Want


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. 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 Thanksgiving! For those who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy you day!

See you next week. 🙂

43 thoughts on “Freedom From Want

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Amy! This is one of my all-time favorite Norman Rockwell paintings. I saw the original at the Art Institute here in Chicago. It was overwhelming to see it right in front of me after being so familiar with it as an iconic painting. Cher xo

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  2. When I was young, I remember seeing his work and finding it very hard to relate to the narrative in his pictures. Now, I appreciate them. Thank you for posting this and best wishes on your beautiful holiday.

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  3. The painting is new to me but I’ll check out more Norman Rockwells now I’ve seen it. You’re right. There’s very little gratitude in the faces though they don’t look anything other than decent people. Maybe this is the point. When decent people accept the horn of plenty as their right we may have problems. Still. I wouldn’t mind a slice from that turkey. Happy Thanksgiving to you all out there in the colonies!


    • This is such a popular painting. The background information helped appreciate it a little better. I agree, … it can be a problem. Well said, Simon. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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