John Joseph Enneking (1841-1916) Oil on Canvas "River Landscape", signed lower left Enneking, in broad carved gold leaf frame
20 in. x 24 in. Overall 30 in. x 34 in.
Provenance: Estate of Linda Loring, 6 Louisburg Square, Boston
John Joseph Enneking (1841-1916) was born in Ohio in 1841 and was orphaned at a young age. He began to paint at the age of five and developed a natural talent before traveling to New York and Massachusetts. He trained in Germany, Italy and France and he was the first American to return from Paris in 1874 after having painted with Claude Monet, Pissarro and Renoir in Monet’s gardens at Argentueil (where Enneking painted Monet’s wife and child). He spent much time painting in the New England countryside, and in the early 1880s, bought a place in North Newry, Maine near New Hampshire where he painted in the White Mountains. In the spring and fall, he frequently traveled south including Duxbury, Cape Cod and Nantucket.
Enneking’s many exhibitions include:
Williams & Everett Gallery, Boston, 1878 (first solo)
Boston Art Club, 1874-1909
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics’ Association, Boston (medals)
National Academy of Design, 1881
New Haven Paint & Clay Club
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1883, 1892, 1896-1902
Paris Expo, 1900 (prize)
Pan-American Expo, Buffalo, 1901 (medal)
Art Institute of Chicago, 1900, 1912
Corcoran Gallery, 1907, 1910
Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915 (gold)
Vose Gallery, Boston, 1917 (memorial exhibit), 1923, 1926, 1962, 1975 (all solos)
World’s Fair 1904, St. Louis Exposition
Enneking’s paintings were honored throughout his lifetime. In 1915, a testimonial dinner was held for him at the Copley Plaza in Boston with over one-thousand persons attending. He was crowned by Cyrus Dallin with a laurel wreath, signifying victory and high accomplishment.
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