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Object ID Number SAM 1949.73
Object Name Painting
Artist Kensett, John Frederick
Title Shore Landscape, Newport
Date ca. 1856-60
Culture American
Credit line Museum Acquisition Fund
Exhibit Label John Frederick Kensett’s work is often characterized by the term luminism. Luminism is a defining characteristic of American landscape painting of the late nineteenth century and is characterized by a focus on coastal scenes, an absence of visible brushstrokes and a reduction in the number of compositional components.

Kensett began his career as an engraver but turned to landscape painting after studying in Europe from 1840 to 1847 with Asher B. Durand. His early paintings followed the detailed style of the Hudson River School, but in the mid- 1850s, Kensett began to synthesize nature into reductively simple forms.

In this painting, Kensett uses exquisite tonal harmonies to reduce the painting to its essences - soft blue sky, gray rock-mass and blue-green water - creating a poetic and subtle coastal scene.
Medium Oil Paint
Material Canvas/Oil Paint
Image size H 13 3/4" x W 24"
Signed Name None
Currently on view No
People Kensett, John Frederick
Subjects Landscape
Plein Air