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John Frederick Kensett

John Frederick Kensett

   •   Art of the 19th century   •   Wikipedia: John Frederick Kensett
53 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #3189
John Frederick Kensett was probably born in the cradle. He was born in 1816 in Chechire, the son of the steel engraver Thomas Kensett, where he began his training as a steel engraver and draftsman in New Haven at an early age. In the environment of an artistic family, he was able to continuously promote and expand his talent, not only to make him highly respected in the art world, but even in the prestigious circle of founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

After training in the art of steel piercing and drawing Kensett took a job with a graphic artist, works as a self-employed steel engraver and finally devoted himself to landscape painting. From then on, this should represent the center of his artistic work. His landscapes are essentially influenced by the style of the Hudson River School. This group of American landscape painters, founded by Thomas Cole , was active in the mid-nineteenth century and reflected in its art three areas that played a central role in nineteenth-century American society: the spirit of discovery, the exploration, and the settlement of unknown worlds. The artists of this school were themselves marked by a strong spirit of discovery and took in the search for new and exciting motives so many dangerous and exhausting journey on itself. Artists such as Durand and Constable , who also influenced Kensett significantly, were interested in an exact depiction of individual image details, such as plants, rocks or rivers, but were not interested in depicting a real motif in their works. Often they put together their motifs from different real elements into an idealized landscape.

Kensett is best known for his motifs from the north of the states of New York and New England, as well as for the seascapes of New Jersey, New England and Long Island. While his early works can clearly be attributed to the second generation of the Hudson River School, his style developed in the course of the 1850s to a refined "Luminism" with proximity to the Impressionist painting of Europe. While his pictorial compositions were simplified in the course of his creative period, in the late phase of his work he increasingly focused on the particular detail of the images. He likes to paint pictures of the same places, but always differentiated by the composition, the light and the atmosphere. © Meisterdrucke


The Bash-Bish, 1855
1855 | Oil on canvas

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The Bash-Bish, 1855
1855 | Oil on canvas

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View of Cozzen's Hotel Near West...
1863 | Oil on canvas

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View of Cozzen's Hotel Near West...
1863 | Oil on canvas

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