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John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816 - 1872)

Marine View of Beacon Rock, Newport Harbor

Marine View of Beacon Rock, Newport Harbor

1864
oil on canvas
28 1/2 x 45 3/4 in.

Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer, C.0.157.1

Trained by his English father as an engraver, John Kensett chose to become a painter. In 1840 he went to Europe for several years to study Old Master paintings and to develop his skills in London, Paris, and Rome. Upon his return to America, Kensett was recognized for his excellence in landscape painting and was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. Kensett was also one of the founders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1870.

This painting illustrates Kensett's switch from painting mountains and woodland interiors to coastal views. It also marks a change in his style to more contemplative painting known as Luminism, which focused on nuances of light and atmosphere, a method that may have been influenced by the new medium of photography. Kensett painted this favored panorama of Newport Harbor in Rhode Island several times. The viewer looks across Brenton Cove toward Beacon Rock on the right and Fort Adams on the left in the distance. This painting is renowned for its indelible sense of calmness, clarity, and quiet, and occupies a central position in Kensett's oeuvre. Characteristic of his mature Luminist style, this work contains a sense of balance, spareness, and a rich evocation of hues.

Visitor's Comments:

"It conveys a sense of calmness and quiet." - anonymous

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American
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John Frederick
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Kensett
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1864
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Trained by his English father as an engraver, John Kensett chose to become a painter. In 1840 he went to Europe for several years to study Old Master paintings and to develop his skills in London, Paris, and Rome. Upon his return to America, Kensett was recognized for his excellence in landscape painting and was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. Kensett was also one of the founders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1870.

This painting illustrates Kensett's switch from painting mountains and woodland interiors to coastal views. It also marks a change in his style to more contemplative painting known as Luminism, which focused on nuances of light and atmosphere, a method that may have been influenced by the new medium of photography. Kensett painted this favored panorama of Newport Harbor in Rhode Island several times. The viewer looks across Brenton Cove toward Beacon Rock on the right and Fort Adams on the left in the distance. This painting is renowned for its indelible sense of calmness, clarity, and quiet, and occupies a central position in Kensett's oeuvre. Characteristic of his mature Luminist style, this work contains a sense of balance, spareness, and a rich evocation of hues.

Permanent Gift: 
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
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"It conveys a sense of calmness and quiet." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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Trained by his English father as an engraver, John Kensett chose to become a painter. In 1840 he went to Europe for several years to study Old Master paintings and to develop his skills in London, Paris, and Rome. Upon his return to America, Kensett was recognized for his excellence in landscape painting and was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. Kensett was also one of the founders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1870.

This painting illustrates Kensett's switch from painting mountains and woodland interiors to coastal views. It also marks a change in his style to more contemplative painting known as Luminism, which focused on nuances of light and atmosphere, a method that may have been influenced by the new medium of photography. Kensett painted this favored panorama of Newport Harbor in Rhode Island several times. The viewer looks across Brenton Cove toward Beacon Rock on the right and Fort Adams on the left in the distance. This painting is renowned for its indelible sense of calmness, clarity, and quiet, and occupies a central position in Kensett's oeuvre. Characteristic of his mature Luminist style, this work contains a sense of balance, spareness, and a rich evocation of hues.

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Permanent Gift: 
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
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Permanent Quote: 
"It conveys a sense of calmness and quiet." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1816 - 1872
Catalog Number: 
C.0.157.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
John Frederick
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Kensett
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
No
Permanent Year: 
1864
Permanent Period: 
Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br /> 28 1/2 x 45 3/4 in.

Trained by his English father as an engraver, John Kensett chose to become a painter. In 1840 he went to Europe for several years to study Old Master paintings and to develop his skills in London, Paris, and Rome. Upon his return to America, Kensett was recognized for his excellence in landscape painting and was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. Kensett was also one of the founders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1870.

This painting illustrates Kensett's switch from painting mountains and woodland interiors to coastal views. It also marks a change in his style to more contemplative painting known as Luminism, which focused on nuances of light and atmosphere, a method that may have been influenced by the new medium of photography. Kensett painted this favored panorama of Newport Harbor in Rhode Island several times. The viewer looks across Brenton Cove toward Beacon Rock on the right and Fort Adams on the left in the distance. This painting is renowned for its indelible sense of calmness, clarity, and quiet, and occupies a central position in Kensett's oeuvre. Characteristic of his mature Luminist style, this work contains a sense of balance, spareness, and a rich evocation of hues.

Permanent Gift: 
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
Permanent Quote: 
"It conveys a sense of calmness and quiet." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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