KENT, Rockwell [1882-1971] -- American artist and writer, Lenin Peace Prize
Supportive of Soviet-American friendship and a world devoid of nuclear weapons, Kent donated (1960) several hundred of his paintings and drawings to the Soviet peoples and became an honorary member of the Soviet Academy of Fine Arts; he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1967.
When Kent died, The New York Times described him as "... a thoughtful, troublesome, profoundly independent, odd and kind man who made an imperishable contribution to the art of bookmaking in the United States." This cursory summing-up of an American life has been superseded by richer, more accurate accounts of the scope of the artist's influential life as a painter and writer. Reappraisals of the artist's life and work have been mounted, most recently by the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art in the summer of 2005. Among the many notes of increased recognition is the appearance of one of Kent's pen-and-ink drawings from Moby Dick on a U.S. postage stamp, part of the 2001 commemorative panel celebrating American illustrators, including Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, and Norman Rockwell. WIKI
Kent loved the wilderness, witness his places of residence. Besides his Adirondack farm, Asgaard he lived in other remote places.
|Monhegan Island, ME|
|Tierra del Fuego|
|Lenin Peace Prize|