Lot 54
  • 54

Rockwell Kent

400,000 - 600,000 USD
702,500 USD
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  • Rockwell Kent
  • 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


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)


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


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).