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Winter, Monhegan Island

Artist:
Rockwell Kent (American, Tarrytown, New York 1882–1971 Plattsburgh, New York)
Date:
1907
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
33 7/8 x 44 in. (86 x 111.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.48.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© Rockwell Kent
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 769
Kent studied painting under Robert Henri at the New York School of Art, where his classmates were Edward Hopper and George Bellows. Encouraged by his teacher to see Maine, he visited Monhegan Island in 1905 and built a home and studio there that he used year-round (through 1910). This view of neighboring islands – Manana, Smutty Nose, and Little Smutty Nose – and a lone fishing dory was included in his first one-man show in New York (April 1907). Although the show was a critical success, no works were sold, and Kent gave this painting to Henri in appreciation for his support.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Rockwell Kent/ 1907.
Robert Henri, New York (1907–17; gift of the artist; sold in 1917, through M. Knoedler & Co., New York, to MMA)

New York. M. Knoedler & Co. "American Painters," February 15–March 3, 1917, no. 25 (as "Marine," lent by Robert Henri).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Contemporary Painting in the United States," April 19–27, 1941, no. 87.

Mobile, Ala. Mobile Public Library. April 15–May 25, 1945, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "20th Century Painters: A Special Exhibition of Oils, Water Colors and Drawings Selected from the Collections of American Art in the Metropolitan Museum," June 16–October 29, 1950, unnum. brochure (p.7, as "Winter").

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. "Revolution and Tradition: An Exhibition of the Chief Movements in American Painting from 1900 to the Present," November 15, 1951–January 6, 1952, no. 84 (as "Winter").

Norwich, Conn. Slater Memorial Museum. "A Survey of American Art," February 4–25, 1968, no. 22 (as "Winter").

Brunswick, Me. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. "Rockwell Kent: The Early Years," 1969, no. 3.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art. "'An Enkindled Eye': The Paintings of Rockwell Kent. A Retrospective Exhibition," June 29–September 1, 1985, no. 8.

Columbus Museum of Art. "'An Enkindled Eye': The Paintings of Rockwell Kent. A Retrospective Exhibition," October 12–November 13, 1985, no. 8.

Portland, Me. Portland Museum of Art. "'An Enkindled Eye': The Paintings of Rockwell Kent. A Retrospective Exhibition," January 21–March 2, 1986, no. 8.

Syracuse, N. Y. Everson Museum of Art. "'An Enkindled Eye': The Paintings of Rockwell Kent. A Retrospective Exhibition," April 11–May 18, 1986, no. 8.

Ogunquit, Me. Ogunquit Museum of American Art. "Mainescapes: 1900–1992," August 8–September 15, 1993, no. 48.

Washington, D. C. National Museum of American Art. "Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory," April 2–August 22, 1999, not in catalogue.

Stockbridge, Mass. Norman Rockwell Museum. "Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent," June 24–October 29, 2000, unnumbered cat. (pp. 50–51).

Ocala, Fla. Appleton Museum of Art. "Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent," November 18, 2000–February 7, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Albany. New York State Museum. "Twentieth-Century American Landscapes from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 29–November 4, 2001, no catalogue.

Portland, Me. Portland Museum of Art. "Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and The Modern," June 23–October 16, 2005, no. 12.

"Accessions and Notes." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 12 (May 1917), pp. 118–20, ill., as "Marine".

Rockwell Kent. It's Me O Lord: The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent. New York, 1955, ill. following p. 74.

Richard V. West. Rockwell Kent: The Early Years. Exh. cat., Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Brunswick, Me., 1969, unpaginated, no. 3, ill.

David Traxel. An American Saga: The Life and Times of Rockwell Kent. New York, 1980, pp. 37, 94.

Richard V. West. 'An Enkindled Eye': The Paintings of Rockwell Kent. A Retrospective. Exh. cat., Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Santa Barbara, 1985, pp. 17, 35, no. 8, ill. (color).

Michael Quick in The Paintings of George Bellows. Exh. cat., Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Tex. New York, 1992, p. 92 n.26.

Michael Kimmelman. Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere. New York, 1998, pp. 162–63.

Jake Milgram Wien. Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern. Exh. cat., Portland Museum of Art. New York, 2005, pp. 31, 33, 49, 147 nn. 12, 16, p. 176, no. 12, fig. 22 (color).



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