Political tensions were intense during the Cold War era, illustrated in Kent’s 1946 lithograph of a rifle about to fall onto a sleeping baby.
Kent based his lithograph on a painting of the same name completed during World War II, providing further support for his commentary regarding the fragility of the post-war peace.
This is a persuasive image. Why?
Rockwell Kent, Heavy Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head, 1946. Lithograph, 9 x 12 in.
Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970
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