Beacon Rock, Newport Harbor (1857) by John Frederick Kensett

Beacon Rock, Newport Harbor - John Frederick Kensett - 1857

Artwork Information

TitleBeacon Rock, Newport Harbor
ArtistJohn Frederick Kensett
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions22 1/2 x 36 in (57.1 x 91.5 cm)
Current LocationNational Gallery Of Art, Washington, D.C.

About Beacon Rock, Newport Harbor

American artist John Frederick Kensett’s oil painting titled “Beacon Rock, Newport Harbor” depicts a coastal view in the Romanticism style. The painting measures 22 1/2 × 36 inches and can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The artwork captures a serene depiction of Newport Harbor, featuring boats floating on calm waters with Beacon Rock looming in the background. This landscape work showcases Kensett’s artistic talent for creating intricate details and mood-setting scenes.

Kensett was often inspired by nature and coastline landscapes, making this painting a prime example of his artistic preference. His use of scenic depictions that let viewers escape into another world is evident in his works like “Marine View of Beacon Rock,” produced seven years after the original artwork. The romantic ambiance conveyed through the portrayal creates an ethereal feeling that transports viewers to Newport Harbor as it was during Kensett’s time.

Art collectors may find this masterpiece valuable, especially considering its provenance at one of America’s most prestigious art collections, coupled with its public-domain availability. However, art enthusiasts must consult authenticators or professional dealers for worth estimation and selling options before deciding to buy or sell such iconic artworks as this one.

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