Nov 8, 2012

French Alps

French Alps


Rockwell Kent

(American, 1882–1971)


Support: Creme(1) board

Sheet: 26 x 35.9 cm (10 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1926.15



Rockwell Kent studied painting with Robert Henri, alongside such figures as George Bellows and Edward Hopper. However, he is best known today for his prints and book illustrations. This watercolor was made in June of 1925, when Kent escaped from conflicts at home by sailing for France and summering in the French Alps. That summer he divorced his first wife and also broke off an engagement to another woman, who married another man instead. Despite this background of romantic turbulence, his landscapes from this period are wonderfully serene in spirit.

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