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Near Newport

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1869

Artist:

John Frederick Kensett
American, 1816–1872

About this artwork

In this late work, John Frederick Kensett portrayed the Rhode Island coast with spare, yet meticulous forms suffused with light and quietude. A solitary female figure seated at right almost goes unnoticed amid the long, horizontal bands of earth and water. It is the expansive sky that dominates the composition, suggestive of a spiritual force in nature. Kensett, who first trained as an engraver, applied draftsman’s precision to his paintings of the American landscape. Near Newport hints at the tourist activities that would come to define the town in the late 19th century, with couples walking along the distant shore and bathing tents dotting the horizon.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 170

Artist

John Frederick Kensett

Title

Near Newport

Origin

Newport

Date

1869

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: "JFK (monogram) 69"

Dimensions

29.5 × 62.4 cm (11 5/8 × 24 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection; Goodman Fund

Reference Number

1944.686

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