Accession number: 1997.25, Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art
The painting entitled Child Under Tree, Virginia by Rockwell Kent (1882–1971) was completed in 1956 at Oak Ridge in Nelson County. Rockwell Kent's style seems distinctly American: it is linear and reductive, with attention to basic geometric shapes and relationships that are dynamic because of their simplicity. Clean and vivid color is integral to his vision. Kent found at Oak Ridge in Nelson County an unspoiled portion of the Virginia landscape. The large estate belonged to his patron, the grandson of its builder Thomas Fortune Ryan.
In this video, 2010 Blanton Scholars Charles Condro and Kidist Ketema discuss Rockwell Kent's painting.