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Rockwell Kent
American, 1882–1971
J. J. Lankes (aka Julius John Lankes)
American, 1884–1960

Negro

1929

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
2 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (6.35 cm x 11.75 cm)
Medium and Support: Woodcut on paper
Accession Number: 2005.0012.0007

Credit Line: Gift of J. B. Lankes


Rockwell Kent produced the design for this woodcut, which was used in an advertising campaign for stock brokerage houses between 1929 and 1930. In that era, obviously the intention was to deflect attention from the economic disaster of the Great Depression by focusing on the strength and solidity of the American industrial complex, as represented by the factory in the background. The image implies the transition from an agrarian, rural society to a manufacturing economy. The block was cut by a noted woodcut artist, J. J. Lankes from a drawing by Kent.

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