Theme/Style – Figurative art, still lifes, portraits
Media – Oils, watercolors
Artistic Focus – Robert Kennicott’s work often featured the human figure in various relaxed states. His 1939 portrait of a reclining African American youth was bold, and a subject not commonly painted at that time. He had an appreciation for the human form, very likely informed by his primary profession as a physician.
Career Highlights –
- Robert Helm Kennicott was born in Luverne, Minnesota, in 1892, and had probably settled in Los Angeles by the early 1930s.
- Kennicott was the private physician to such Hollywood luminaries as Ralph Bellamy and Jean Harlow.
- Robert Kennicott was a close friend of Los Angeles Modernist Mabel Alvarez, who greatly encouraged and influenced his painting.
- Alvarez was interested romantically in Kennicott; he was more interested, it would seem, in the male models that he painted.
- Kennicott’s work was exhibited at, among others, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1934, the San Diego Art Guild in 1936-1941, and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939.
- Dr. Robert Kennicott passed away in Los Angeles in 1983.
Selection of Works by this Artist
Bibliographic references are available upon request.