The Artist Sketching by John Frederick Kensett
The Artist Sketching by John Frederick Kensett The Artist Sketching by John Frederick Kensett
The Artist Sketching by John Frederick Kensett

The Artist Sketching by John Frederick Kensett

  • This landscape was composed by the great Hudson River School painter John Frederick Kensett
  • Kensett ingeniously includes himself sketching in the foreground of the composition
  • His diminutive size in relation to his surroundings emphasizes the grandeur of nature
  • Among the most important artists of his generation, Kensett's works are highly prized
Request More Info Add to bag
To order by phone or get more info call us at 1-888-711-8084
Item No. 30-8883
$128,500
X

Free ground shipping on items designated by . Offer ends 6/27/19 and is limited to delivery in the continental United States, excluding Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

description
specifications
Discover more
description
John Frederick Kensett
1816-1872 | American

The Artist Sketching

Oil on canvas

This painting by the great Hudson River School painter John Frederick Kensett is a superb example of his subtle, yet poetic paintings of the American landscape. A member of the second generation of the Hudson River School artists and later master of Luminism, Kensett is celebrated for his ability to endow his picturesque landscapes with both a tranquility and grandeur that set him apart from his contemporaries. The Artist Sketching exemplifies his mature style, displaying a faithfulness to nature and quietude that places Kensett among the finest artists of his generation.

Perhaps the most interesting element of the work is the presence of the artist himself - Kensett invites the viewer to observe him during the very act of creation. He includes himself in the composition sketching in the far right corner of the foreground, resting on a fallen tree, separate from his companions. Within the vast vista, he aptly positions himself as an interpreter of nature, overcome by the forest that surrounds him. Indeed, with the diminutive forms of all its human figures, The Artist Sketching forces the viewer to acknowledge the overwhelming presence of the natural world in relation to man.

Kensett brilliantly composed his landscape with a strong diagonal line, forcing the viewer's gaze from the foreground back towards the distant horizon. Snow-covered mountains loom in the background, seeming to blend into the haze of the blue sky. The compositional technique successfully emphasizes the rich depth and grand scale of the natural world, evoking a subtle grandeur.

Born in Connecticut in 1816, John Frederick Kensett was the son of an engraver, and he received his first artistic training from his father. He himself pursued a career as an engraver, first in the New Haven area and later in New York City. He turned to landscape painting in 1840, when he traveled with Asher Durand to Europe in order to study painting. After returning to the States in 1847, he established a studio in New York, where he became closely associated with the second generation of the Hudson River School.

Successfully making a name for himself in artistic circles, Kensett was elected as a full academician of the National Academy of Design in 1849. Over the subsequent years, he joined innumerable other artistic associations and, thanks to his popularity and social success, served on a number of committees, including a presidential committee advising on the decoration of the renovated U.S. Capitol building and as a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Today, his works can be found in a number of important artistic institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others.

This painting will be included in the forthcoming John F. Kensett catalogue raisonne being prepared under the direction of Dr. John Driscoll.

Circa 1852

Canvas: 10" high x 13 3/4" wide
Frame: 20" high x 23 1/2" wide
specifications
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Landscape
Discover more

Expert Insights: How to Display Art in the Home

Have you ever wondered how galleries and museums are able to present their artwork in such a professional and pleasing way What are their industry secrets We spoke with our art handling experts at M S Rau to gain some...
Have you ever wondered how galleries and museums are able to present their artwork in such a professional and pleasing way What are their industry secrets We spoke with our art handling experts at M S Rau to gain some...
read more

Pick a Painting, any Painting!

A Woman on a Path by a Cottage by John Atkinson Grimshaw Of all the items in my home paintings truly give me the most pleasure I am amazed by the fact that you can look at paintings thousands of...
A Woman on a Path by a Cottage by John Atkinson Grimshaw Of all the items in my home paintings truly give me the most pleasure I am amazed by the fact that you can look at paintings thousands of...
read more
2 minute read

10 Reasons to Come Visit Us in New Orleans

I just hung up the phone with a gentleman from Seattle It's not that it isn't a great place to live I just miss the sun he said with a sad nostalgia With the winter the way it was it...
I just hung up the phone with a gentleman from Seattle It's not that it isn't a great place to live I just miss the sun he said with a sad nostalgia With the winter the way it was it...
read more
Related Items
Back to Top back to top