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Rockwell Kent
1882 - 1971
BLUE DAY, GREENLAND
signed Rockwell Kent and dated 1935-7 (lower left); also inscribed © (lower right)
oil on canvas mounted on panel by the artist
34 by 44 1/2 inches
(86.4 by 113 cm)
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This painting will be included in Scott Ferris' forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work. We are grateful to Mr. Ferris for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

This painting will be included in the catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Richard V. West. 

Provenance

Macbeth Galleries, New York
Mr. Joseph James Ryan, Virginia, 1950
Private collection (by descent)
Private collection, New England (sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 2003, lot 68, illustrated)
Private collection (acquired at the above sale)

Exhibited

Washington, D.C., Gallery of Modern Masters, Greenland Paintings and Prints: Rockwell Kent, 1937, no. 17
Dayton, Ohio, Dayton Art Institute, Paintings, Lithographs, Wood Cuts by Rockwell Kent, 1940
Houston, Texas, Meinhard-Taylor Galleries, Paintings Lithographs, Wood Cuts by Rockwell Kent, 1940, no. 6
New York, Wildenstein Galleries; Los Angeles, California, Stendahl Art Galleries; Stockton, California, The Haggin Museum; Beloit, Wisconsin, Theodore-Lyman Wright Art Hall, Beloit College; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Institute; Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall, Know and Defend America, 1942-1943, no. 19
Moscow, USSR, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts; Leningrad, USSR, State Hermitage Museum; Kiev, USSR, Kiev Museum of Western and Eastern Art; Odessa, USSR, Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, Riga, USSR, State Museum of Fine Arts, Rockwell Kent: Paintings and Graphics, 1957-1958, no. 38
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art, Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern, 2005, illustrated
Salem, Massachusetts, Peabody Essex Museum, To the Ends of the Earth: Painting the Polar Landscape, 2009, illustrated
Canton, New York, The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, The Once Most Popular Artist, 2012

Literature

Rockwell Kent, Rockwell Kent, New York, 1945, illustrated
Rockwell Kent, It's Me O Lord: The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent, New York, 1955, illustrated in color opposite p. 556; also illustrated in color on the dustjacket 

Catalogue Note

In The Paintings of Rockwell Kent: An Annotated Checklist, currently in preparation, Richard V. West writes: "Blue Day, Greenland, and its 'pendant', Gray Day, Greenland, mark not only the pinnacle of [Rockwell] Kent's experiences in Greenland, but secure his reputation as one of the major American artists of the twentieth century, alongside his contemporaries Edward Hopper and George Bellows. ...In Blue Day, Greenland, Kent combines his life-long love affair with nature and his architectural sensibilities as a painter to create a work that is at once a transcendental and modernist masterpiece" (© 2017 Richard V. West).

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