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Cold War

Heavy Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head

by Rockwell Kent

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?

(Pohl 79-80)

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Rockwell Kent, Heavy Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head

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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