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Image of Woodchoppers

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

Woodchoppers

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: 2005.0012.0014

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 business, as represented by forestry. The image implies the importance of the American worker, whose diligent labor would save the American way of life. The darker tonality at the right of the print gives way to a lighter, brighter future on the left. The block was cut by a noted woodcut artist, J. J. Lankes from a drawing by Kent.

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