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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)

    Alaska Impression (Resurrection Bay)

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    Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
    Alaska Impression (Resurrection Bay)
    signed 'Rockwell Kent' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    11 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (30.2 x 35.2 cm.)
    Painted circa 1918-19.

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    This painting will be included in the catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Richard V. West.

    This work is included in Scott R. Ferris's catalogue of artwork by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971). We would like to thank him for his assistance with cataloguing this lot.

    Likely referring to a group of paintings including the present work, Rockwell Kent wrote in a July 11, 1951 letter to Robert G. McIntyre of Macbeth Gallery, "I have also gotten out a number of small Alaska paintings on board. They measure only 12" x 16" but are exceptionally vivid impressions of momentary effects. If Jim [the late owner of the present work, J.J. Ryan] is interested in getting more Alaska pictures, I would certainly recommend his consideration of this group of small ones. I will get them in shape to show you the next time you come." A month later on August 18th, Kent wrote to Ryan himself regarding the works, sharing, "Mac [Robert McIntyre] drove over on Thursday…He came to see the eight small Alaska paintings which I had matted, and of which I had written to him. He liked them tremendously and took them all away with him." The present work was likely acquired by Ryan through Macbeth Gallery shortly afterward.


    The artist.
    Macbeth Gallery, New York.
    J.J. Ryan, Oak Ridge Estate, Arrington, Virginia, acquired from the above.
    Private collection, Arrington, Virginia, gift from the above.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1995.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Oak Ridge Collection of J.J. Ryan


    (Possibly) New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., Alaska Paintings of Rockwell Kent, March 1-12, one of nos. 16-37.
    (Possibly) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Institute, Rockwell Kent: Exhibition of Paintings, January-February 1924, one of nos. 2-7.
    (Possibly) Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute Chicago, Exhibition of Paintings by Rockwell Kent, March-April 1924, one of nos. 2-7.
    (Possibly) New York, Wildenstein Galleries, Retrospective Exhibition of the Paintings and Drawings of Rockwell Kent, April-May 1924, one of nos. 28-33.