Cover image for Rockwell Kent's forgotten landscapes
Rockwell Kent's forgotten landscapes
Ferris, Scott R., 1956-
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Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : Down East Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
96 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 25 x 29 cm
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"A Chameleon book"--T.p. verso.
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Central Library ND237.K47 F47 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In 1960, feeling that his work was unappreciated in America, Rockwell Kent gave the collection of his life's work to the people of the Soviet Union. For nearly forty years, the more than 700 paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts have been virtually unseen by western eyes, until now.

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Choice Review

These 86 paintings by Kent, a gift by the artist to the Soviet Union in 1960 but now dispersed among the collections of several emergent nations (Russia. Ukraine, Armenia), are here reassembled photographically and analyzed. Unseen by Americans for almost a half century, these exuberant landscapes of Maine, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, and, most importantly, Greenland are among the finest examples of the artist's oeuvre. Kent's gift, a complex form of protest against his persecution by the House on Un-American Activities Committee as well as an expression of his esteem for the Soviet Union's role in resisting Fascism, is discussed in relation to the artist's biography, political leanings, and historic events. Most provocatively, a previously unexamined, even unsuspected, connection between the historical moment and the deployment of a number of 19th-century metaphoric landscape conventions is persuasively established. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. R. L. McGrath; Dartmouth College

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