Patriotic Themes in Art

Old Glory, The American Flag in Contemporary Art - book - Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (June 1994)


The book -- Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art.

A Revelation of the American Flag as Art and as Social History

IAD's Constitution Day Page

Lady Liberty

LeRoy Neiman - Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty parody (Archive)

More Liberty Art (Archive)

Art of Peter Max: There are several patriotic paintings here.

Peter Max's Liberty - Several other Statue of Liberty images can be found here. "I started getting very inspired with painting American subjects, and with the idea of making America look great because I thought and still think America is without a doubt the greatest and most creative country on this planet. We are so creative because we are multicultural."  ~ Peter Max.


American Flag


Double Take Art- Search by theme. Enter one word and search for works that contain that word in title.

American Advertising Goes to War (Archive)

Patriotic Rock in Iowa - Located on Highway 25. There is a huge gravel-rock pit here and the kids used to use if for graffiti - but since it has been painted like this it has been left alone.

Back to the Garden - Animation art by Sharon Kennedy.

National Archives images: Flags, Patriotism, Presidents, and miscellaneous documents.


Lesson Plans:

Patriot Freedom Wall Quilt - from Jeannie Sandoval - uses symbols from Patriotic Themes in Country Music site

Sighting the Statue of Liberty

Patriotic Themes in Country Music - Lots of resources.


Norman Rockwell


Rockwell Quotes:
"My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I guess I am a story teller."- Norman Rockwell

"I showed the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed." - Norman Rockwell

Rockwell - Four Freedoms

Rockwell - Four Freedoms (Brief bio)

Norman Rockwell Museum

Pictures for the American People

Norman Rockwell on the Internet

The Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell | Freedom Of Speech by Norman Rockwell | Freedom of Worship by Norman Rockwell | Freedom From Fear by Norman Rockwell | Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell

Most Famous Poster -" I Want You" -- by James Montgomery Flagg :

History of Uncle Sam


Patriotic Posters


Posters American Style - Smithsonian (excellent)


American Posters of World War I

American Posters of World War II - This site has a large collection of patriotic posters and other memorabilia.

The Propoganda Poster Page - With this site - you have to download the images-- the larger ones don't automatically come into view-- maybe use caution with this one.

David Behrens - Founding Fathers (I liked this one) (Archive) (Images of his work)

Protest Posters -- (preview before using with students)

Four Freedoms - Posters of Persuasion


World War II - Posters of Persuasion (has speech also)

Excerpt from speech:
We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--
everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want... everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear... anywhere in the world.
--President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message to Congress, January 6, 1941

The entire text: See American Rhetoric for sound



Artists who chose patriotic themes


Flag (stars and stripes)
Liberty Bell
Statue of Liberty
Independence Hall
White House
US Capitol Building
Bald Eagle
Lincoln Memorial
Washington Memorial
Mount Rushmore
Niagara Falls


LeRoy Neiman.
Childe Hassam.
Elijah Pierce.
Archibald Willard. - Ohio artist who did Spirit of '76
Norman Rockwell.
Peter Max. - Flags - Statue of Liberty
Jasper Johns. – Three Flags
Faith Ringgold. – Flags



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