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American Impressionism

 

Farmhouse - Twilight
Dwight W. Tryon (1849-1925)
Oil on Canvas

Indian Summer Oaks - 1887
J. Francis Murphy (1853-1921)
Oil on Canvas

 

The Herd, Waiting at the Gate 
John J. Enneking (1841-1916)
Oil on canvas

GIFT OF DR. AND MRS. PAUL JAMESON

John J. Enneking was an early American impressionist who lived in the Hyde Park area of Boston and also had a summer home in Maine, not far from the New Hampshire border and the White Mountains. Rather than always seek out obviously spectacular scenes, Enneking often discovered enchantment in the quiet seasonal beauties of the woods, meadows, streams and hillsides near his two homes. He became particularly well-known for his paintings of autumn sunsets, trout brooks and blossoming spring trees. He frequently included sheep in his landscapes.

Enneking also sought to preserve nature in real life. In the 1890s, he served as the parks commissioner of Greater Boston, and he worked hard to help create Boston’s park system.


Sheep by a Pond
John J. Enneking  (1841 - 1916)
Oil on Canvas

As a child Enneking was said to have a natural gift for drawing.  His sketches covered doors and walls of the family farm.  Enneking studied at St. Mary's College but his artistic training was interrupted by the Civil War.  After the War, Enneking moved to Boston and quickly gained praise for his detailed landscapes.  He studied with Leon Bonnât in Paris for three years and later with Charles Daubigney.  His work is considered to be one of the first bridges between American and European Impressionism.

Of note is the painting's hand-carved frame.  On the back of the frame are incised the words Carrig-Rohane along with the date 1921.  Carrig-Rohane was the frame studio of artist, Hermann Dudley Murphy (1867-1945). 

Echoing the perspective of the Arts and Crafts movement, Murphy espoused the use of simple hand-carved frames, designed as an integral part of the interior environment.   Murphy considered the design and making of his frames an artform worthy of both signing and dating.  His designs and exhibitions of the frame as an artform were at the forefront of the aesthetic idealism evident in turn-of-the-century Boston


Twilight – Pilgrim Tower, Provincetown  1921
David Ericson (1869-1946)
Oil on board

RALPH AND MARTHA CAHOON SOCIETY PURCHASE, 2003

David Ericson was a Swedish-born artist who grew up in Duluth, Minn. He lived in Provincetown at various times, including from 1919 to 1924, the period when he painted this impressionistic scene of the town’s skyline at sunset. Ericson had studied with James McNeill Whistler at the famous American expatriate’s atelier in Paris in 1900, and Whistler’s influence seems apparent in “Twilight.” Whistler, of course, had been a master at capturing the dusky tones of nightfall, with diamonds of light reflected in the water.

 

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