Property from a Private New Mexico Collection
JOHN FREDERICK KENSETT
1816 - 1872
signed with initials JF.K. and dated 67. (lower left)
oil on canvas
25 by 40 ⅛ inches
(63.5 by 101.9 cm)
This painting will be included in the forthcoming John Frederick Kensett catalogue raisonné being prepared under the direction of Dr. John Driscoll.
Kennedy Galleries, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1967
Kansas City, Missouri, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, circa 1974 (on loan)
"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).