Rockwell Kent

(1882-1971)

Rockwell Kent , born in 1882, studied at the School of Architecture at Columbia, with William Chase at his Shinnecock School from 1897-1900 and later the New York School of Art with Robert Henri from 1903-4. Kent reflected his experiences from traveling through Greenland, Alaska and Ireland into his paintings. Kent remained politically active in the Socialist Party and was blacklisted in the McCarthy era. He won the Lenin Peace Prize in 1967 yet refused membership to the National Academy when elected. Kent also published a journal he had written and illustrated on his trip to Alaska and an autobiography entitled "It's me, Oh Lord" (1955), Kent was best described as a Realist painter and printmaker whose bold use of heavy black masses and lines are remarkable. He had a particular interest in arctic and winter scenes with harsh contrast of tones.