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Image of Sea and Sky

Rockwell Kent
American, 1882–1971

Sea and Sky

1931

Object Type: Print
Dimensions:
10 in. x 6 1/2 in. (25.4 cm x 16.51 cm)
Medium and Support: Wood engraving on paper
Accession Number: 1934.0006

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase


Kent's "Sea and Sky" was produced as a wood engraving in an edition of 150. The design was one of twelve that were commissioned from the artist by the American Car and Foundry Company, and that were subsequently used in advertising campaigns by the company between July, 1930 and August, 1931. "Sea and Sky" was the ninth in the series and was published in popular periodicals in March of 1931. In general, the theme of the works commissioned by the company addressed mankind's efforts to escape the limitations of his earth-bound existance and connect with the infinite.

The artist began his wood engraving designs as drawings in reverse, which he then transferred to blocks of maple, cutting the details into the wood. Kent's spare and sharply linear style lent itself to interpretation in this way. Kent was primarily a painter of oils, however he produced wood engravings, woodcuts, and lithographs, which he thought of as more accessible art forms for the general public.

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