Images of Contentment: John Frederick Kensett & the CT Shore

Janice Simone, Ann Y. Smith

The Mattatuck Museum presents artist John Fredrick Kensett painting’s that were created from his home along the Connecticut shoreline. These artworks were done between 1868-1872. This is the first project to focus on Connecticut painting of the shoreline.

The paintings record the features of the Connecticut shoreline at a critical moment, as the agriculture and maritime activities of an earlier generation were being replaced by developments that served the interests of an increasingly urban America.

The painting also mark a critical transition in John Kensett’s work, as he experimented with new ways of painting nature, creating bold new compositions with unexpected palettes.

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Published by: 
Mattatuck Museum Historical Society
Publication date: 
January 1, 2001
Price: $15.00
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