Bringing Home the Christmas Tree. 1928. Lithograph. Burne Jones 29. 12 1/4 x 8 1/2 (sheet 16 x 11 2/1). Edition 100 (6 printed on silk). A fine impression printed in antique-white Rives paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges..Signed in pencil, lower right. Housed in a 20 x 16-inch archival mat. $4,000.
The American realist Rockwell Kent was born in Tarrytown, New York. He first studied painting during the summer of 1900 under William Merritt Chase while attending the Columbia University School of Architecture. In 1904 he enrolled in the New York School of Art, where he studied under Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller. Kent's many interests -- architecture, painting, illustration, carpentry, and writing—were enhanced by the widespread often exotic, locales he visited, including Newfoundland, Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, France, Ireland, Greenland, and the Soviet Union. As he traveled, he kept journals, some of which were later published with great success. Kent was inspired by nature's grandeur and humanity's relationship to its monumental forces. After his first one-person show at Claussen Gallery, New York, in 1907, Kent participated in most of the major progressive exhibitions of the time except the Armory Show. In 1911, while organizing an independent exhibition to be held at the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects in New York, he met and became close friends with Marsden Hartley, and in 1918 Duncan Phillips began to support him with great enthusiasm. The federal Public Works Administration commissioned Kent in 1935 to paint two murals for the new post office building in Washington, D.C. Although he enjoyed acclaim as a major American artist during the 1930s, his artistic achievements were later overshadowed by his political activities.
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