12/19/2012

Rockwell Kent

Rockwell Kent The Trapper oil on canvas 33"x42" 1921

 Rockwell Kent The Road Roller oil on canvas 34"x44" 1909

 Roger Brown has suggested we look at these two paintings by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), and has this to say about "The Trapper":

I saw that painting for the first time when I was about 13, and was immediately taken by the sense of light and (cold) air in the painting and those empty mountains receding away and by the starkness of the composition. I still don't know what that pole is - an abandoned telephone pole seems unlikely in that empty region. Maybe it's just there as a landmark to orient people in the snowy wastes. Having a woods behind my house I knew very well what it felt like to trudge on a bright winter day through an uneven landscape of hills, fallen trees and sudden depressions in the land hidden by the snow. But of course I knew nothing at that age of what it felt like to be this man making his way home with such a meagre catch... All of this is pretty much outside of aesthetics...

Art must unquestionably have a social value; that is, as a potential means of communication it must be addressed, and in comprehensible terms, to the understanding of mankind. 
-Rockwell Kent


The month of December will be dedicated to the theme of "Winter". Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

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