Summer Day on Conesus Lake

Kensett--Summer on Conesus Lake.jpg

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Title

Summer Day on Conesus Lake

Description

A placid scene along the shore of this Finger Lake depicts men and women—there are no children present—at their leisure in genteel dress. Small groups are picnicking, lounging, boating, and perhaps courting.

Kensett, a second-generation painter in the Hudson River School tradition, still evokes beautiful landscapes but with a more modulated emotion than the sublime work of his predecessors. Moreover, many of the notable visual effects here point to humans in the landscape. A beam of light illuminates the white dress of one woman at center left; other points of light in the trees imply other small dramas. At right along the opposite shore there is the hint of a sailboat. And in the background a ray of light cuts across the lake.

Creator

Kensett, John Frederick, 1816-1872

Date

1870

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Format

jpeg, 908 KB

Type

Still image

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

24 x 36 in.

Geolocation