Lake George, Free Study

John Frederick Kensett American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761

Kensett restricted his palette in this small study of Lake George, in upstate New York, to a limited range of contrasting colors. He applied the paint thinly, and his brushwork created a uniformly textured surface. The restrained composition is interrupted at the right by a minute white sail and two rowboats, one with a brilliant patch of red, which provide a sense of scale.

Lake George, Free Study, John Frederick Kensett (American, Cheshire, Connecticut 1816–1872 New York), Oil on canvas, American

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