DescriptionRockwell Kent (American, 1882-1971)
Science Explains the Fish Deluge, The American Weekly magazine interior illustration, October 28, 1945
Gouache and watercolor on board
15-1/4 x 13-1/2 inches (38.7 x 34.3 cm) (sheet)
Signed lower right: Rockwell Kent
Titled on the reverse: Science Explains the Fish Deluge
Collection of William Kolliker, Art Director, The American Weekly;
By descent to the present owner.
Art historian and Kent scholar Richard V. West writes, "This particularly fine and impressive Kent illustration reflects his wide knowledge and experience of Arctic life, learned from three sojourns in Greenland living among the Inuit between 1929-1935. This illustration, however, more specifically relates to the artist's intense study of Alaskan Eskimos undertaken in 1937 for the Washington, D.C. Post Office mural commissioned by the Treasury Department. During his visit to Alaska, Kent made detailed notes and sketches of Eskimo costumes and tools, even dog sled harnesses ---all of which varied considerably from those in Greenland---to insure the accuracy of his depictions. That accuracy and knowledge are applied in this illustration, as well, especially in the costume worn by the standing woman holding the baby on her shoulders, typical of the mix of Western and Inuit clothing adopted by the Alaskan Inuit."
This work is included in the appendix of the catalogue of the artist's work being compiled by Richard V. West. This work is also included in the catalogue of the artist's work being compiled by Scott R. Ferris.
There appears to be light overall paper discoloration including toning along mat edges; pinhole near center bottom edge in male figure's foot as well as a couple tiny dots of surface grime, possibly vestiges of old adhesive, both most likely due to production related illustration processes; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 24 X 22.5 Inches
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