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John Frederick Kennsett

John Frederick Kennsett: Study for the Beach at Beverly<br>Sold at Eldred's in 2011 for $310,500

Study for the Beach at Beverly
Sold at Eldred's in 2011 for $310,500


1816 - 1872

John Frederick Kensett is considered one of the finest American landscape painters of the 19th Century. He is widely associated with the Hudson River School of painters, whose collective views of American scenery remain some of the Country’s most iconic and timeless works of art. Kensett is often credited with inheriting the leadership and spirit of the school’s founding father, Thomas Cole, and leading a second generation of painters to prominence.

In its strictest definition, the Hudson River School relates only to a select group of artists and is limited to works depicting only the banks and cliffs of its namesake river, but the more popular definition extends to any 19th Century American artist whose work was dedicated to the realistic depiction of the natural world. In truth, many masters of the school are best known for works that depict subjects far from the Hudson River Valley. Albert Bierstadt found fame with his majestic images of the American west, Martin Johnson Heade depicted the marshes of Massachusetts’s North Shore and Thomas Moran thrived in Yellowstone. Like his contemporaries, Kensett found his niche not in the mountains and valleys of New York but rather in the sweeping and rocky New England coast.

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