Mountains in Colorado

  • John Frederick Kensett, Mountains in Colorado, 1870, oil on paper mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June, 1967.136.6

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John Frederick Kensett painted peaceful views in muted colors to express a sense of quiet reflection. American artists in the nineteenth century often painted the mountains of the American West rising dramatically from the Great Plains. Kensett, however, chose to paint from inside the mountains, showing successive ridges marching toward the Continental Divide. The dull browns, greens, and grays of the scene evoke the cold, thin atmosphere of Colorado’s high altitudes.

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“I long to get amid the scenery of my own country for it abounds with the picturesque, the grand, and the beautiful . . .” Kensett, 1844, quoted in Driscoll and Howat, John Frederick Kensett, An American Master, 1985

Mountains in Colorado
10 1/4 x 14 in. (25.9 x 35.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Orrin Wickersham June

Mediums Description
oil on paper mounted on paperboard
  • Landscape – rocks
  • Western
  • Landscape – Colorado
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