After returning from Alaska in 1919, Kent and his wife purchased a farm high on the southern spur of Mt. Equinox, near Arlington, Vermont. Kent soon began to investigate the surrounding landscape, and in all, he painted about two dozen landscapes depicting this area of Vermont, including this remarkable work titled Birches. Although grounded in realism, Kent’s landscapes are not straightforward transcriptions of the natural world; in this work, he has captured the starkness of the winter landscape with a remarkable purity of color and simplicity of design.
Rockwell Kent's importance in the history of American art is uncontested. His paintings are some of the finest of the early 20th century. This major work demonstrates Kent's masterful technique and style, and it is a unique opportunity to own a remarkable and important painting by one of the great American artists.