|Acquisition Number: 60.23.E
Lithograph on paper
13 x 9 1/4 in.
Credit: Gift of the Estate of Miss Key E. Wenrick
Artist Rockwell Kent quickly became known as one of America's foremost illustrators, providing artwork for editions of "Moby Dick," "Beowulf," "The Canterbury Tales," "Leaves of Grass," and "Faust," among others.
Kent produced wood engravings and lithographs and published several books of monologues and writings. In 1939, the magazine "Prints" conducted a survey that found Kent to be the most widely known and successful printmaker in the country.
Both Kent’s work and his personal life were strongly influenced by his dislike of social injustice. The tired figures and title "And Now Where?" suggest a pervasive sense of helplessness during the Great Depression. Their bags are packed and they don’t know where to go after losing everything.