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Thyssen a Casa teva : John Frederick Kensett

Welcome to the new edition of Thyssen in Your House (El Thyssen a casa teva).

Today, the artistic director of the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra,  Guillermo Cervera, dedicates his speech to John Frederick Kensett through his work “The Trout Fisherman”, 1852, which is part of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection.

John Frederick Kensett was born in Cheshire, Connecticut ,on March 22d, 1816 and died in New York City on December 14th, 1872. Hailing from a family of artisans, he began working with his father Thomas Kensett, as a engraver. A few years later, in 1840, he travelled to  Paris where he met another important American artist, Thomas Cole. At the Academy of Fine Arts, he discovers ancient and classical works, and is especially interested in atmospheric painting by 17th-century Dutch artists, a discovery that will set him on the path to the landscape.

Back in America, John Frederick Kensett entered the Hudson River School and became one of the representatives of the Enlightenment, such as Francis Augustus Silva and Sanford Robinston Gifford. During his career he travels the country looking for picturesque landscapes that will inspire his paintings marked by romanticism, which he will find along the Hudson River.

We leave you to discover “The Trout Fisherman”, 1852, a work that represents one of the most important American movements of the nineteenth century, and which illustrates how in European Impressionism, the concern and reflections of artists for the representation of light.

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