Current Location:
Service Building -> Facilities Services
Location Notes:
Facilities Services; Suite 1220; Left of 1203

Rosie the Riveter

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.106.7
Artist:
Norman Rockwell
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Reproduction Print (oil on canvas)
Date:
1943
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 14 in Width: 11 in
Description:
Rosie the Riveter seated in front of an American flag background eating a sandwich with a metal lunchbox on her lap that reads "Rosie".
Historical Context:
During World War II, American women had to fill vacancies left in the industrial labor force when men were sent to fight battles overseas. To promote women joining the work force, the government promoted a new kind of role model, a female industrial worker named Rosie the Riveter. Norman Rockwell painted his own take on Rosie the Riveter for the cover illustration of the Memorial Day Saturday Evening Post in 1943. This image turned out to be so popular that the government toured Rockwell's painting across the U.S. to help promote War Bond sales. The original artwork belongs to the permanent collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.