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 Gloucester Nocturne, Oil on Board, 8 1/2 x 14 1/2, Signed, Catalogue Raisonne
Curator's Comments: Enneking (1841 -1916) was the first to achieve the rare fusion of
Corot's Barbizon school and Monet's Impressionism, and to do so in a uniquely American manner
that grows out of Tonalism but flowers with Impressionistic light that is all his own. It is no wonder
to us that critics say his canvases look as if they were painted with afterglow, as here, where the
moon is seen to rhapsodize with the yellow-tinted harbor lights in rippling reflection. Our image
hardly does justice to one of Enneking's most beautiful compositions--a real stunner when one
visually comprehends the brushwork. The harbor lights act to signal the eye to the thin band of
moorings that in turn gives way to the night sky with magnificent cloud effects.

In 1972, the first biography of the artist was written and published by Patricia Jobe Pierce, who is the
source of the artist's Catalogue Raisonne, which includes the above work. A Pierce Gallery label
affixed to the verso indicate her registry of what is one of the rare nocturnes a la Whistler amongst
Enneking's oeuvre, and a small gem of a painting in every regard. After studying in France,
Enneking returned to Boston in 1876, and quickly rose to the status of one of New England's most
prominent landscape artists, and we think it fitting that Whistler is his inspiration in this work.

The Pierce biography, of which we own an inscribed copy, portrays Enneking as more worldly than
was previously thought. He spent more time in Europe, and painted two more nocturnes set in
Venice in the 1870s. Back in Boston, he thoroughly enjoyed and participated in his role as Parks
Commissioner. But most important is the picture of Enneking painting away in the White
Mountains. He would take his bicycle and make a three-week circuit stopping at whatever inn he
reached, and then hiking on to a new location for painting. A bear of a man himself, it is said that he
encountered a bear in the mountains and kept right on painting until the creature went its way.
When he lost his way in the mountain mist, he stopped and painted it, revealing a subtlety that
governs much of his work that summons the eye with powerful chiaroscuro, and again the message
is crisp and clear that the night can be
seen, even as the day, which is exactly what Enneking means.
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Enneking by Caliga
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Enneking's Venetian Nocturne
ENNEKING MASTERED THE NOCTURNE IN VENICE
AND BROUGHT IT TO GLOUCESTER