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Spanish Civil War

Bombs Away

by Rockwell Kent

As a member of the American Artists’ Congress, Kent was extremely sympathetic to the Spanish Republican cause supported by the Congress, and painted Bombs Away as a visualization of this support. 

The painting is an allusion to the German bombing of Guernica, a Spanish town bombed by Germans in 1937 and the subject of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting, Guernica

Kent’s painting focuses on two female figures.  The young girl attempts to awaken the older woman, possibly her mother or grandmother, from an apparent trance brought on by the destruction of their town visible in the background.

Besides this painting, Kent donated time and money and spoke publicly in support of the Spanish Republican cause. 

(Pohl 67)

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Rockwell Kent, Bombs Away

Rockwell Kent, Bombs Away, 1942.  Oil on canvas, 34 x 44 in.  

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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