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August 14, 1998

Rockwell Kent's Forgotten Landscapes To Be Discussed At Library Lecture On October 6

Scott R. Ferris, an authority on the American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), will present an illustrated talk about his new book Rockwell Kent's Forgotten Landscapes (Down East Books, 1998) at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, the presentation is free and open to the public.

The book includes essays by Ferris and a profile of the artist by Ellen Pearce, Kent's granddaughter. Through 50 color and 30 black and white plates, it presents for the first time the landscape paintings and drawings Kent gave to the people of the Soviet Union in 1960. The landscapes primarily are of Kent's favored places: the coast of Maine, the Adirondack Mountains, and Greenland. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the paintings were dispersed to museums in Russia, Armenia, and Ukraine. Through scholarly detective work in the U.S. and abroad, Scott Ferris tracked down the paintings, which he reunites in the book. Ferris is currently developing a definitive catalog of Kent's paintings and a bibliography of the artist's entire body of work.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information about its program, call (202) 707-5221 or visit its site on the World Wide Web at: http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook.

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PR 98-125
8/14/98
ISSN 0731-3527

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