Rockwell Kent was an American printmaker and illustrator. Kent was born in New York State and studied under renowned artists such as Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase. Kent had a strong connection to nature. When he was not pursuing his artistic career he enjoyed working at the docks or on a farm. Kent’s prints often emphasize man’s connection to nature, be it the earth, sea or stars.
Deepwater. 1931. Woodcut
Kent’s reputation spread internationally, particularly in the Soviet Union, where the artist was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in the 1960s. While Kent tried not to align himself to the Communist party, he was known for supporting social and political causes. Despite his popularity, Kent’s work declined in popularity during the 1940s due to his political affiliations. In more recent years, however, Kent’s name has resurfaced and his prints have surged in popularity.
The Lovers. 1928. Wood Engraving
Godspeed. 1931. Wood Engraving
Twilight of Man. 1926. Wood engraving
Lovers of American illustration never stopped appreciating his many book covers and drawings that been have widely circulated. One of Kent’s illustrations was featured on a postage stamp, cementing Kent’s place in the American Graphic arts.