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Eaton's Neck, Long Island

Artist:
John Frederick Kensett (American, Cheshire, Connecticut 1816–1872 New York)
Date:
1872
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 x 36 in. (45.7 x 91.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas Kensett, 1874
Accession Number:
74.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761
Kensett painted Eaton’s Neck, Long Island in the last summer of his life, which he spent mainly on Contentment Island, near Darien, Connecticut. Eaton’s Neck, New York, was a short ferry ride across Long Island Sound. The rigorously simplified work is divided into three zones: sea, land, and sky. No extraneous elements complicate the astonishingly unconventional composition—a work notably ahead of its time.
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