Greenland Mother Nursing Child by Rockwell Kent

Early 20th Century-Modernism


Designer VerificationSigned
Country of origin
United States
Material and techniquesLithograph on paper
Very good condition
Measures (Inches)
- Height: 16 - Length: 11 1/2

Rockwell Kent was an American artist best known for his signature, smooth style of landscape painting. Often cited as an early American Modernist, Kent's work focuses on the otherworldly beauty of nature, influenced by Transcendentalism and the mysticism of writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Kent also made numerous extended visits to international areas of isolated wilderness, including Tierra del Fuego, Alaska, and Greenland, which served as inspiration to his work. His paintings are heavily stylized, with organic forms taking on geometric qualities and contrasting color relationships. The artist initially graduated with an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia University in New York, and later studied composition and design at the Art Students League in 1900 before dedicating himself to painting. Sometime in the 1910s, he purchased an Adirondack farmstead which he named Asgaard from where he continued to work prolifically. He achieved considerable success in the 20th century, garnering awards such as the 1967 reception of the International Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union, along with a monetary prize which Kent donated to the people of Vietnam. Born on June 21, 1882, in Tarrytown, NY, he died in Plattsburgh, NY on March 13, 1971. Today his works are collected by every major American museum, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Gallery of Art.