In 1885, Enneking began summering in North Newry, Maine, in the western part of the state, where the deep woods provided endless inspiration for his oils. During these trips away from the city, Enneking applied his rich, impressionist style to a series of trout brook landscapes that were well-received by collectors and critics alike, scenes such as this painting in which the lush green forest and softly rippling water embody the sense of connection he felt while spending these summers off the beaten path. When the artist passed away in 1917, Ralph Davol made special mention of his trout brook paintings as one of the three phases of his career, using this lyrical description: “The trout brook gurgling through carpeted woods around mossy banks and lichen-covered rocks, gathering in a sparkling pool, so clear you would wish to wade in it and scatter the startled fingerlings to their sheltered nooks.”
 “The Work of John J. Enneking,” by Ralph Davol. The American Magazine of Art, Vol. III, Number 8, June 1917, pp. 320-323
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Private collection, Hyde Park, Massachusetts (possibly purchased directly from the artist, who was a friend)
By descent through the family for two generations to private collection, Kennebunk, Maine