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Lake George

John Frederick Kensett

American Art

Although John Frederick Kensett is generally remembered for painting luminous skies and still waters, here his short, brushy strokes convey topographical detail and an atmospheric sense of movement, with dark clouds gathering above the horizon and autumnal foliage roiling in the blustery wind. By the time he created Lake George, the site had been painted by Hudson River School artists for nearly fifty years. Kensett frequented Lake George during the summers, producing many sketches and paintings.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1870
DIMENSIONS frame: 26 x 36 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (66 x 91.8 x 11.4 cm) 14 x 24 1/8 in. (35.6 x 61.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right (first two initials in monogram): "JF.K. '70."
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. W. W. Phelps in memory of her mother and father, Ella M. and John C. Southwick
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816–1872). Lake George, 1870. Oil on canvas, frame: 26 x 36 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (66 x 91.8 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. W. W. Phelps in memory of her mother and father, Ella M. and John C. Southwick, 33.219 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.219_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 33.219_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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