Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
Property from the Claire and Garrick Stephenson Collection
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)

Alaska Impression

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
Alaska Impression
signed and dated 'Rockwell Kent. Alaska. 1919' (lower left)
oil on board
12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted in 1919.
Richard Larcada Gallery, New York.
Daniel Barr.
[With]Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, 2003.
Acquired by the late owners from the above, 2003.
This work is included in Scott R Ferris's catalogue of artwork by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971).

This painting will be included in the catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Richard V. West.
(Possibly) New York, M. Knoedler & Co., March 1920.
New York, Hollis Taggart Galleries, Dreams and Dramas: Moonlight and Twilight in American Art, May 22-July 25, 2003, pp. 40, 84, pl. 44, illustrated.
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art, Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern, June 23-October 16, 2005, pp. 56, 58, 178, no. 57, fig. 42, illustrated.

Lot Essay

Rockwell Kent travelled through Alaska from August 1918 to March 1919. As seen in the present work depicting Resurrection Bay, many of his landscapes from this trip depict mysterious, pyramidal peaks surrounded by banded vistas of water and sky that glow with arctic light. Upon his return, Kent poetically wrote of the Alaskan landscape, "I crave snow-topped mountains, dreary wastes and the cruel northern sea with its hard horizons at the edge of the world where infinite space begins. Here skies are clearer and deeper and, for the great wonders they reveal, a thousand times more eloquent of the eternal mystery than those of softer lands." ("Alaska Drawings," Arts and Decoration, June 1919) In 1920, M. Knoedler & Co. exhibited a group of small oil paintings from this trip, possibly including the present work, as Impressions. The artist described them in a 1951 letter to Robert McIntyre of Macbeth Gallery as "exceptionally vivid impressions of momentary effects."

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