Feb 16, 2023 - Sale 2626

Sale 2626 - Lot 22

Price Realized: $ 1,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

ROCKWELL KENT (1882-1971)

Starry Night.
Wood engraving. 177x125 mm; 7x5 inches, full margins. Edition of 1750. Signed in pencil, lower right. Published by the Literary Guild of America. 1933.

A very good, evenly-printed and dark impression. Burne-Jones 103.

Kent was a WPA muralist whose commission for the Post Office in Washington, DC (now the Clinton Federal Building) was highly controversial. The mural portrayed Puerto Rico's first airmail delivery and seemed to sympathize with the cause for Puerto Rican independence. A woman is shown with a letter in Kuskokwim Eskimo dialect that reads "To the people of Puerto Rico, our friends! Let us change chiefs. That alone can make us equal and free!"