DAILY ART FIX: Rockwell Kent, the Illustrator Who Made Moby Dick Famous

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Ahab and the Carpenter | JLC Online

Rockwell Kent: ““I want the elemental, infinite thing; I want to paint the rhythm of eternity.” 

Now considered one of the greatest novels of all time, it seems at one point Herman Melville’s 1851 book Moby Dick had fallen into obscurity. It was a version illustrated by artist Rockwell Kent that popularized it again.

And though it seems surprising, as early as 1929, at age 49, he was already being honored with a monograph of his work. He followed suit in 1930 with an illustrated three-volume limited-edition set of Moby Dick that immediately sold out—no mean feat in the early years of the Great Depression. By that time Herman Melville’s 1851 novel was virtually forgotten and Kent’s illustrated edition played a prominent role in the recognition it enjoys today.

Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent's Moby-Dick | Maine Home+Design

Read the whole article here: EYE ON DESIGN – Rockwell Kent, the Illustrator Who Made Moby Dick Famous


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