|Henry Rodman Kenyon, American (1861-1926), was born in Rhode Island and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1882 he moved to Paris to study at the Académie Julian, where he met fellow-student Arthur Wesley Dow. Kenyon has been linked to the better-known Dow, but Dow is known as a Modernist and Tonalist, whereas Kenyon was a committed Impressionist, who happily settled in for long stretches in Brittany at Pont-Aven and Concarneau with Dow, both painting the landscape.|
It is said that Kenyon found large paintings to be pretentious, and so crafted little gems of Impressionism in Brittany, Normandy, and along the coast of Holland. In 1889 Kenyon returned (with Dow and his fianceé) and set up a studio in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Until his death in 1926, Kenyon would continue painting small gems of landscape with broken color and light effects that captured the seasons. He made regular trips returning to the northern coasts of France and the Netherlands that had attracted him before.
Kenyon makes a good anchor in which to set other New England and American Impressionist landscape painters of the 1880s to the 1910s. We have posed Kenyon against George Smillie, J. Appleton Brown, George W. Harvey, William Partridge Burpee, C. E. L. Green, Charles Woodbury, and other Lynn Beach Painters, William Trost Richards, Olive Parker Black, A. T. Bricher, William M. Paxton, and Frederick Waugh. Kenyon began as an Impressionist in the early 1880s before very many other Americans had adopted the style and then died in 1926, when American Impressionism was changing into something new and less French, and more Modern.