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The missing "great collection" of Rockwell Kent.
Notable American artist Rockwell Kent virtually disappeared from museum and gallery circuits in the late 1940s because of his political views. But his popularity is now rebounding, and this study of Kent's missing "great collection" is a welcome addition to the literature about a superb American artist. At the height of the Cold War, feeling that his work was not appreciated at home, Kent gave a remarkable gift of his work to the people of the Soviet Union as a gesture of friendship. Unfortunately, any friendship was a long time in coming, and the more than 700 paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts in his gift were lost to an American audience. These works were displayed in the Hermitage Museum, Kiev Museum, Gorki Museum, and in collections in Ukraine and Armenia. Kent's settings ranged from Greenland to Tierra del Fuego. Many depict Maine, the Adirondacks, and the Berkshirestypical of the bleakly beautiful landscapes to which Kent was drawn. This text focuses on how the artist came to make such an extraordinary gift and follows the intriguing paths these works followed once they left the United States.