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    ROCKWELL KENT (American, 1882-1971)
    Golden Fall, circa 1955
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 34 inches (71.1 x 86.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: Rockwell Kent

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Estate of the above;
    Sally Kent Gordon, the artist's wife, by bequest;
    Gift to the present owner from the above.

    EXHIBITED:
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, and elsewhere, "An Enkindled Eye: The Paintings of Rockwell Kent," June 28-September 1, 1985, no. 81.

    LITERATURE:
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, An Enkindled Eye: The Paintings of Rockwell Kent, exhibition catalogue, Santa Barbara, California, 1985, n.p., no. 81, illustrated;
    S. Ferris and C. Welsh, The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent's Adirondack Legacy, Blue Mountain Lake, New York, 1999, p. 52.

    The exquisite, luminist Golden Fall depicts a view of the Adirondack Mountains from Rockwell Kent's farm, "Asgaard," near Au Sable Forks, where he lived from 1929 on. In The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent's Adirondack Legacy, the art historian Scott R. Ferris elaborates on Kent's interpretation of the Adirondack wilderness: "Kent directly observed nature over and over again at all times of day, in all the seasons, from his own doorstep. From this vantage he saw 'westward and heavenward to the high ridge of Whiteface, northward to the northern limits of the mountains, southward to their highest peaks . . . the full half-circle panorama of the Adirondacks.' He believed that 'it was as though he had never seen the mountains before' (Kent 1940). . . .

    "Kent painted what he saw around his home. This was not bleak and lonely like the frigid northern climes but a wilderness rich in beauty of form, color, and light providing enormous variety and endless fascination. When people and animals are present in his landscapes, it is clear that Kent was creating a 'peaceable kingdom': man, animal, and nature in harmony. The glowing colors and patterned shapes of natural forms, light, and shadows gave the artist palpable joy in the paintings he made when he was in his seventies and eighties" (S. Ferris and C. Welsh, The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent's Adirondack Legacy, Blue Mountain Lake, New York, 1999, pp. 16-18).

    This painting is included in the catalogue of the artist's work being compiled by Scott R. Ferris. It is also included in the catalogue of the artist's work being compiled by Richard V. West.




    Condition Report*:

    The canvas appears to be slightly bowing in lower left corner with a faint stretcher crease along top edge; possible frame wear at top center edge; a miniscule flake of paint loss near right center edge; under UV exam, there appears to be a hairline of inpainting to address the stretcher crease at top edge and two small spots that flouresce at center right edge; otherwise, work remains in good overall condition; the composition is painted over another Rockwell Kent painting and thus shows heavy underpainting. Framed Dimensions 35 X 41 Inches

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