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Newfoundland Harbor

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Rockwell Kent, American, (1882–1971)
Newfoundland Harbor, c. 1914-15
Oil on Canvas
34 1/8 in. x 44 1/16 in. (86.68 cm. x 111.92 cm.)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Painting
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Gift of Merle Armitage
Accession Number: AR29

No marks.

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
Kent, it seems, sought subjects not previously recorded, but still containing the drama and grandeur found in the confrontation of sea and rugged coastline. In October of 1910 he visited Newfoundland and in its wild magnificence discovered his natural paradise. In March of 1914, Kent moved his family to the Newfoundland port of Brigus on Conception Bay, forty miles by rail from St. Johns.

"Newfoundland Harbor" seems to have been painted shortly after his arrival in Brigus. The season is summertime, with a clear sky and a calm ocean. The bare, treeless rocks in shades of beige and umber shelter small areas of verdant vegetation and the white houses of the villagers. The sea is dark and deep, as is usual in Kent's wilderness paintings, and the contrast of mood between sea and land expresses a moment of serenity in the struggle between nature's forces and human survival.

- Arthur D. Stevens

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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