AN ALTERNATIVE TRADITION
As I have suggested, Durand was not the only Hudson River artist who
achieved a revelation of Emerson's "spirit in the fact" through the development of certain aspects of luminist style. A similar development can
be seen even more markedly in the works of John F. Kensett, who, like
Durand, painted in the Hudson River salon style (see Ill. 4-2), but who also
produced pieces executed in a proto-Impressionist mode, such as Bash-Bish
Falls (Ill. 5-2), and an even larger number of serene landscapes that fall
into the general category of luminism (Ills. 5-1 and 5-3). Indeed, of all the
Hudson River men, Kensett was the most clearly luminist in sensibility. In
paintings such as View from Cozzens' Hotel, near West Point (see Ill. 5-12),
5-1 John F. Kensett:
Shrewsbury River, 1859.
Oil on canvas, 18½ ×
30½ inches. Courtesy of
The New-York Historical Society, New York;
Robert L. Stuart Collection.
5-3 John F. Kensett:
Third Beach, Newport,
1869. Oil on canvas, 11⅝
× 24¼ inches. Courtesy
of The Art Institute of
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Book title: American Painting of the Nineteenth Century:Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience.
Contributors: Barbara Novak - Author.
Publisher: Icon Editions.
Place of publication: Boulder, CO.
Publication year: 1979.
Page number: 92.
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