Kent, Rockwell

Kent, Rockwell

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(born June 21, 1882, Tarrytown Heights, N.Y., U.S.—died March 13, 1971, Plattsburgh, N.Y.) U.S. painter and illustrator. He studied architecture at Columbia University but later chose to study painting with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. He worked variously as an architectural draftsman, lobsterman, and ship's carpenter in Maine and traveled in Tierra del Fuego, Newfoundland, Alaska, and Greenland, gathering material for his paintings and travel books. His dramatic pen-and-ink drawings, strongly resembling woodcuts, appeared in many books by contemporary and classic writers and made him one of the most popular artists in the U.S., despite harassment for his radical leftist politics.

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