Signed 1940 Rockwell Kent book autographed with flower bouquet sketch in blue ink semi-autobiographical novel with stunning illustrated woodblock - entitled This Is My Own. Woodblock illustrations In the minimalist, art deco style of Rockwell Kent. Copyright 1940 by Rockwell Kent 1st Edition. Published by Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York City. A Christmas gift to a friend, with a blue pen and ink drawing of a beautiful bouquet of flowers and personally inscribed and signed by Rockwell Kent as an Xmas gift in 1940. 100% authentic.
Not sure if the book came and bouquet drawing came with real flowers, but there are three pressed flower bookmarks that come with the book. Two are home made and one from a shop.
Near mint condition with illustrated cloth boards. No dust jacket. Spin with sunning / darkening, minor fray and borders good. No splitting or staining. Total of 303 pages with 10 woodblock illustrations and chapter heads with a total of 95 illustrations.
He divorced Frances Lee in 1940 and married Sally Johnstone, who was his junior by more than thirty years. The same year Kent wrote and illustrated This Is My Own, a semi-autobiographical book that outlined his thoughts on socialism and recent activities on behalf of various labor and peace causes. The book was immediately controversial as it criticized America’s foreign policy leading up to the country’s entrance into World War II.
Rockwell Kent was one of those who truly lived more lives than one. Into his long life he crammed more careers than any ordinary man would seriously contemplate. Painter, muralist, illustrator, printmaker, book designer, graphic artist, architect and builder, writer and editor, speaker and lecturer, navigator and restless traveler, political and social activist—he was all these and much more.
This is not to say he was merely a jack-of-all-trades. As a painter, he won critical acclaim and his canvases were acquired by important museums and discriminating collectors. He was the first artist to incorporate himself, paying his shareholders handsome dividends. From long sojourns in Alaska, Tierra del Fuego and Greenland, among others, he brought back powerful paintings and vivid accounts of his experiences. The romantic appeal of the paintings and the circumstances of their production in faraway places brought large crowds to see them. Perhaps no other American artist before him has so graphically expressed the sense of remoteness and awesome splendor of the Arctic.
http://organizations.plattsburgh.edu/museum/rka_bo... - book signing and sketches he'd do sometimes for people he knew.
– Fridolf Johnson
Rockwell Kent: An Anthology of His Work
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