Kent Rockwell

About the Artist

Growing up in a genteel family in New York City, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) 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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