Freedom from Want

This third work by Norman Rockwell is the most famous of the four. It symbolizes material comfort in the form of a plentiful family Thanksgiving meal. Members of the artist’s family and neighbors lent their features to the painting’s characters. Rockwell specified that after the cook had roasted the turkey, he painted it, and then all the guests ate it! One observer pointed out that the scene kept a puritanical tone: while food is abundant, there is only water on the table….