PAIR of oil on linen canvas paintings (the linen not stretched, just flat under mat), each 5 1/2" by 7" (9 1/2" by 10 3/4" in identical yellow frames, behind glass), the subjects waves crashing on a shore and coastal shacks. At least one of the works is signed, in the margin, under the mat. (I only discovered this after purchasing them--note the photo of one work out of the frame, with margin signature). I acquired these in Massachusetts from a dealer who stated that he purchased them in the 1970's on Monhegan Island, Maine directly from the son of the famous American artist and writer, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971). The son, known as Rockwell Kent III or "Rocky" (1909-1986), was artistically inclined, though the talents were not nearly on a par with those of his famous father. The son accompanied Kent on his famous 1919 Alaska trip. The pair lived simply under rugged conditions for an extended period of time on a remote island shore, the elder Kent writing the now famous book "Wilderness", which described the experience. Some of the son's drawings are included in that landmark book. According to an online source, the son's drawings were of "rats, fox, and magpies"---"pictures of an imagined world", as in fairy tales. The son's drawings were also included in an "Alaska Drawings" exhibition at Knoedler Gallery in New York in 1919. In the course of his adult life, Rocky acted in and wrote plays, worked in dairy farming and forestry, and dabbled in astronomy, all while continuing to explore his artistic talents. Evidently the famous artist colony of Monhegan Island was a place to which he was drawn. Apparently the son's work has not appeared in the auction arena, there being only one auction record. The works are nicely painted, and the connection to the artist's famous father and the "Wilderness" book makes for a most interesting story. As a result of shipping, frame on one has loosened up and glass is chipped in corner; the dated, 1970's egg-yolk yellow frames are not all that attractive, in any event. You may want to re-frame, perhaps with silvery-gray.
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