Rockwell Kent

Circular Black & White Art Deco Print of a Striding Man with His Arms Raised Mid-20th Century





Black and white art deco bookplate print by New York artist Rockwell Kent. The work features a striding man with his arms stretched out with smaller figures running under his legs. Hung in a solid black frame with wide white matting.

Artist Biography

Born in Tarrytown, New York, Rockwell Kent attended the Columbia University School of Architecture. While there, he enrolled in night and summer classes at several art schools, studying with distinguished artists such as William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Abbott Handerson Thayer. Kent worked as an architect for a little over a decade, then moved to Maine and supported himself as a manual laborer while painting. His earliest poster designs date to 1917 – 18, focusing on the choices and sacrifices that must be made during war. They were reproduced from pen, brush, and ink drawings, but he soon began working with woodcuts. Many of Kent’s posters used sophisticated symbolism to convey political messages or support social causes. Kent’s paintings and illustrations of Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, Greenland, and other remote locations he had visited won his art great popularity. However, not all of the attention he received was positive. He was often denounced for having voted as a socialist and being affiliated with many causes espoused by communists. Despite his political problems, Kent painted, designed posters, and published six books recounting his travels and family history.

Dimensions With Frame

H 10.88 in. x W 10.45 in. x D .5 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 3.38 in. x W 3 in.