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Author Martin, Constance.

Title Distant shores : the odyssey of Rockwell Kent / Constance Martin ; with essays by Richard V. West.

Published Chesterfield, Mass. : Chameleon Books Berkeley : University of California Press ; Stockbridge, Mass. : Norman Rockwell Museum, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  760.092 KENT/ MART MF10    AVAILABLE
Physical description 128 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 28 x 29 cm
Notes Exhibitions to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, June 24- Oct. 29, 2000, and three other museums.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 126-127) and index..
Contents Rockwell Kent: Before the Odyssey / Richard V. West 11 -- Rockwell Kent: The Odyssey / Constance Martin 17 -- Monhegan 20 -- Newfoundland 23 -- Alaska 25 -- Tierra del Fuego 30 -- Moby Dick and Greenland 32 -- Greenland: The Second and Third Visits 36 -- Paintings -- Maine 48 -- Newfoundland 60 -- Alaska 68 -- Tierra del Fuego 84 -- Greenland 88 -- Rockwell Kent: After the Odyssey / Richard V. West 113.
Summary Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), one of the great mavericks of American art, was an artist of extraordinary drive, talent, and versatility whose singular vision led him to produce some of the most powerful images of early American modernism. Although he was one of the most popular American illustrators of the twentieth century--so much so that The New Yorker published the ditty, "That day will mark a precedent, which brings no news of Rockwell Kent"--the controversies engendered by his socialist leanings, particularly during the McCarthy era in the 1950s, frequently overshadowed his artistic achievements.
Kent's passion for travel to rugged and remote locations drew him to a life of extremes, risk, adventure, and discovery. He sought sparsely inhabited and climatically harsh locales in which to live, taking up residence in remote regions of Maine, Newfoundland, Alaska, and Greenland. His well-documented journeys include a dangerous voyage through the treacherous waters around Tierra del Fuego and the shipwreck of his small boat on his first trip to Greenland. With each sojourn, his imagination was drawn to the mystical and the marvelous. Kent was fascinated by the grandiose power of nature, especially the sea and mountains, and he found inspiration for his art in some of the most desolate regions on earth.
Kent's paintings, lithographs, and woodcuts portray the stark beauty of northern winters and the people who made their homes in these regions. He once remarked, "The beauty of those Northern winter days is more remote and passionless, more nearly absolute, than any other beauty that I know."
Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent accompanies a traveling exhibition of Kent's wilderness artwork, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This handsome volume features 80 paintings, prints, and drawings--more than 50 in full color--related to Kent's sojourns in the wilderness. Included in this collection are several paintings from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg that have not been seen by audiences outside of Russia in more than 40 years. Kent's dramatic black and white illustrations for the 1930 edition of Herman Melville's Moby Dick--still considered an American classic--are also featured. The essays describe Kent's career as a painter, printmaker, book designer, illustrator, and writer, as well as his extraordinary life as an explorer.
Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent introduces some of Rockwell Kent's most beautiful wilderness images to audiences rediscovering twentieth-century American realism and figural art, and reafirms Kent's place in the American art canon.
Other author Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971.
West, Richard V.
Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge.
Subject Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Arctic regions -- In art.
ISBN 0520227115 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520227123 (paper : alk. paper)