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Rockwell Kent
Girl on the Front of a Pond

c.1935

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This artwork "Girl in the front of a pond" c.1935 is an original lwoodcut by noted American artist Rockwell Kent 1882-1971. It is dedicated "To Kathleen, Katthleen Finney, the artist's daughter and inscribed "From Father" in pencil by the artist. The image size (wood block mark) is 3.75 x 2.35 inches, framed is 16.25 x 13.5 inches. Custom framed in a wooden black frame. it is in very good condition, paper is slightly toned by age. About the artist: Rockwell Kent was born June 21, 1882, in Tarrytown Heights, New York. He studied architecture briefly at the University of Columbia in New York but found he was inclined to painting and at the age of 16 he studied landscape and marine painting under William Merritt Chase for two years. From 1903-1904 he attended the New York School of Art and studied under Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller. For the summer of 1903 he apprenticed under Abbott Thayer in Dublin, New Hampshire. With a suggestion from Henri, Kent settled on the island of Monhegan, Maine, in 1905. It was on the island that Kent produced his first major works, mostly landscapes, over the span of five years. After travelling through Alaska in the late 1910s Kent wrote and illustrated his first book, Wilderness: A Journal of a Quiet Adventure in Alaska in 1920. By 1922 he travelled to Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago in South America, which inspired his second illustrated book in 1924, Voyaging: Southward from the Strait of Magellan. It was in the mid-twenties that Kent became enamored with woodcutting and lithography and began illustrating classic literature. By the end of 1928 he had settled permanently in the Adirondack Mountains in his personally named farm, Asgaard. On his farm Kent wrote and illustrated his third novel, North by East in 1930. Kent had illustrated a total of twenty-three different works of literature including: Candide by Voltaire, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Beowulf (Scandinavian myth), and the complete works of William Shakespeare. Between the years of 1929 and 1935 Kent travelled to Greenland, which inspired him to write a book about the country, Salamina, published in 1934. Greenland's extreme environment had influenced his artwork as did the environments of Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, and later, Ireland. Kent also wrote This Is My Own in 1940, It's Me, O Lord (autobiography) in 1955, Of Men and Mountains in 1959, and the Greenland Journal in 1962. There are a number of murals that Rockwell Kent painted, designed, or both: Cape Cinema Murals, Dennis, Massachusetts; United States Post Office Department Headquarters, Washington D.C.; the 1939 World's Fair mural for the General Electric pavilion; "America at Peace," House Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. Capitol Complex, Washington D.C. Kent was politically active beginning in the 1930s. A socialist, Kent was also open with his Communist leanings but insisted he was not a member of the Communist Party. The abject denial did not prevent his decline in popularity among American audiences during the 1940s and 1950s and the eventual revocation of his passport by the State Department. By the end of the 1950s he sued for the reinstatement of his passport and emerged victorious in a landmark Supreme Court case. The legal battle ultimately gained him much popularity with the Russian people which led to a trip to the U.S.S.R. in 1957 in which he exhibited his works to half a million Russians. Kent donated eighty paintings and eight hundred prints to the Russian people. In 1967 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize. The Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York, Plattsburgh held the largest collection of work by Rocwell Kent. Other works may be found in the following collections: Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska; Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska; Phoenix Art Museum; The University of Arizona Art Museum, Tucson, Arizona; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; San Diego Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M. H. De Young Museum; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Portrait Gallery, Washington; DC; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; Art Institute of Chicago; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Massachusetts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; The Baltimore Museum of Art; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Adirondack Museum, New York; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Tacoma Art Museum; Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, Russia; and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia.

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  • Dimensions
    H 16.25 in. x W 13.5 in. x D 1 in.H 41.28 cm x W 34.29 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU66635570631
  • Seller Reference Number
    kent/gir/pon/01
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