Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rockwell Kent / From Drawing To Print

Solar Flare-Up

Beowulf (left: graphite / right: lithograph)

And Women Must Weep (left: graphite / right: pen and ink)

Angel (left: graphite / right: wood engraving)

Growing up in a genteel family in New York City, Rockwell Kent was a member of the rugged realist school of landscape painters as well as a popular illustrator and printmaker. His 1930 illustrations for 'Moby Dick' are among his most lasting achievements.

 He was the first American artist to have work exhibited in the Soviet Union, a reflection of his Communist Party sympathies, which earned him the Lenin Peace Prize in 1967. This espousal of radical politics caused his career to suffer badly in the '50s because his leftist views caused him disdain among many Americans. However, his work, reflecting both realism and modernism, has earned increasing attention from American art historians.

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