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Shrewsbury River, New Jersey

Object Number: 
S-229
Date: 
1859
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Canvas: 18 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (47 x 77.5 cm) Frame: 32 x 44 x 3 1/2 in. (81.3 x 111.8 x 8.9 cm)
Description: 
Depicts, in a horizontal format, the estuary landscape of the Shrewsbury River near Red Bank, New Jersey. A wooded promontory of the Navesink Highlands, at left, is juxtaposed with areas of calm, flat water, punctuated with reeds, and dotted with the white sails of pleasure craft. The tranquil scenery is bathed in light emanating from a vast expanse of sky.
Gallery Label: 
Reflects Kensett's distinctive mature style featuring reflective expanses of water along the northeastern seaboard set against a brilliant and seemingly limitless sky. The radiant light, and calm stillness of the water exudes divine presence and an enveloping mood of reverie, offering a contemplative and spiritually imbued interpretation of American scenery akin to that described by the American Transcendentalist writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Bibliography: 
"Sketchings," The Crayon, Vol. VI, March 1859, p. 91. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. II, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 242. Mitchell, Mark D., and Manthorne, Katherine E., "Luminism Revisited: Two Points of View," Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam, New York: George Braziller, 2006, pp. 121-43
Credit Line: 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Provenance: 
Kensett's brother, 1859; Robert L. Stuart, New York City, ca. 1865; Lenox Library, later New York Public Library, 1892-1944
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group