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Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern

Wien, Jake Milgram

ISBN 10: 155595250X / ISBN 13: 9781555952501
Published by Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 2005
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern

Publisher: Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Among the first generation of American modernist painters, Rockwell Kent rose to fame between the world wars as a visual poet of the natural world. This impressive volume includes a wide range of works from the Pushkin and Hermitage Museums in Russia, and illustrations for such literary classics as Canterbury Tales and Moby Dick. It also offers insights into the spiritual and intellectual influencesguiding Kent, and exposes his identity as a Jazz Age humourist Hogarth Jr. whose ink drawings captivated readers of Harper's Weekly and Vanity Fair. A list of solo exhibitions and a detailed chronology complete the publication.

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Among the first generation of American modernist painters, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) rose to national fame between the world wars as a visual poet of the natural world. His explorations of elemental forces of nature--glaciers, mountains, and restless seas--and his illustrated memoirs of adventure resonated with the American public. A master of many media, Kent created an oeuvre and a signature style that endure for their timeless, mythic qualities.

The evolution of Kent's artistry and his engagement with modern art and ideas are the subjects of this landmark book, which accompanies an exhibition marking the centenary of his arrival on Maine's Monhegan Island in June 1905. Organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, the exhibition reunites choice works not publicly seen in several generations, including many from the Pushkin and Hermitage musuems in Russia. Kent advanced his modernist vision during sojourns in Greenland, and he crossed over into popular culture through illustrations for such literary classics as Candide, Canterbury Tales, Moby Dick, and Paul Bunyan.

This extensively researched volume offers fresh insights into the spiritual and intellectual influences guiding Kent, including his early study with Arthur Wesley Dow, a key proponent of innovative theories of design and composition. It disentangles the strands of Kent's diverse stylistic achievements and exposes his double identity as Jazz Age humorist. As "Hogarth, Jr." he contributed sparkling ink drawings of modern life that captivated readers of Harper's Weekly, the New York Tribune, and Vanity Fair. Rounding out this wide-ranging study is a full list of Kent's solo exhibitions and a detailed chronology of his life.

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