Norman Perceval Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture.
Although Rockwell’s career with The Saturday Evening Post lasted nearly 50 years, resulting in 321 original covers that made him a household name, the artist never forgot his first big break from the Boy Scouts; he created yearly calendars for the Scouts throughout his entire career. When Rockwell ended his relationship with the Post and began doing covers for Look, his focus also changed, as he turned more of his attention to the social issues facing the country. Much of the work centered on themes concerning poverty, race and the Vietnam War.
The painting depicts 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, an African-American, being escorted into William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans as those opposed to integration yell racial slurs at her.
At the White House unveiling of the painting, President Obama told Bridges, "I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here today."
- 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
- sesame seeds
- egg wash
- finely grated Parmesan cheese
- optional mixed herbs
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter or small knife, cut out 6-7 hearts from the pastry. Place on parchment paper.
- Whisk one egg adding in 1/4 tsp. water.
- Brush each heart with the beaten egg wash , sprinkle with sesame seeds, generous amount of Parmesan cheese and herbs if using.
- Place cookie sheet in freezer and freeze pastry until firm, about 5 minutes.
- Bake until puffed and golden about 9 minutes.