November 19, 04:22 PM GMT
100,000 - 150,000 USD
JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT
1816 - 1872
oil on board
12 ⅜ by 20 ⅛ inches
(31.4 by 51.1 cm)
Painted circa 1865.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming John Frederick Kensett catalogue raisonné being prepared under the direction of Dr. John Driscoll.
Alexander Gallery, New York
Questroyal Fine Art, New York, 2003
Henry and Sharon Martin, Connecticut, 2004 (acquired from the above)
Questroyal Fine Art, New York, 2006 (acquired from the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2007
New Britain, Connecticut, The New Britain Museum of American Art; New York, National Academy of Design, For Spacious Skies: Hudson River School Paintings from the Henry and Sharon Martin Collection, June 2005-April 2006, no. 13, pp. 66-69
A gentle sweetness, a calm content, a happiness to be with nature in calm and sunny hours, those are the traits of Kensett's artistic character [...] His pictures are still springs of refreshment in the heat and turmoil of the world, fair glimpses of the cool, pure sky caught between the dust clouds of this weary fighting-ground. The happy stood before them and recalled other happy days; hearts touched with sadness were soothed in their simplicity" (New York Daily Tribune, March 15, 1873, as quoted in John Paul Driscoll and John K. Howat, John Frederick Kensett: An American Master, New York, 1985, p. 157).