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Water Scene

John F. Kensett is best known for his views of coastal New England, which he painted during the 1860s. This small study of a rocky promontory may have been painted around Newport, Rhode Island, or perhaps Beverly Beach, Massachusetts. Works such as Water Scene are often identified as Luminist. Luminist artists in the mid-nineteenth century sought to reveal the mysteries of nature through precise rendering and attention to atmospheric effects. The Luminist painters were influenced by German Romanticism and seventeenth-century Dutch landscapes.

John Frederick Kensett
American, 1816‒1872
Water Scene
ca. 1860s
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 14 7/8 in. (46.0 x 37.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, William Lowe Bryan Memorial, 69.115