Freedom from Want, also known as The Thanksgiving Picture or I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is the third of the Four Freedoms series of four oil paintings by American artist Norman Rockwell. The works were inspired by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address, known as Four Freedoms.
The painting was created in November 1942 and published in the March 6, 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. All of the people in the picture were friends and family of Rockwell in Arlington, Vermont, who were photographed individually and painted into the scene. The work depicts a group of people gathered around a dinner table for a holiday meal.
Having been partially created on Thanksgiving Day to depict the celebration, it has become an iconic representation of the Thanksgiving holiday and family holiday gatherings in general. The Post published Freedom from Want with a corresponding essay by Carlos Bulosan as part of the Four Freedoms series. (Source)
Almost everyone has seen this famous Rockwell painting. It captures the warm, cozy feeling of a down-home, old-fashioned American Thanksgiving that most folks yearn for. Even if their lifestyle doesn’t actually allow for such a gathering. But I discovered that there are lots of “alternate” Thanksgiving portraits on the Web. Perhaps you’ll identify more with one of these. Or at least get a chuckle from some.