Robert C. Vose (1873-1964), a young art dealer during Enneking’s later years, wrote about John Joseph Enneking's style:
He loved Autumn with her glorious auburn tresses, and he loved Twilight, from her flaming sunsets, to her tenderest afterglows, for his keen senses thrilled with love of color… equally delightful are his groups of Trout Brooks, Pastorals in Blossom Time, and Mountain Views. Last, chronologically, and dearest to the artist’s own heart, are the “Moods,” a lovely series of impressions of nature, subtle, subjective, tonal harmonies, which will take high rank in American Art.
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John Joseph Enneking, a man ahead of his time, had a stylistic foot in both the pre-Impressionist and Impressionist worlds of the late nineteenth century. An 1873 sketch of Madame Monet bears evidence of his work as perhaps America’s earliest Impressionist painter. But he also knew Edouard Manet (1832-1883), and studied with the great French Barbizon teacher Charles-Francois Daubigny (1817-1878), as well as with Eugene Boudin (1824-1898).
Mrs. W. M. Marston (possibly Cambridge, Massachusetts)
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 5917, circa 1922
Returned to Mrs. Marston, January 1924
Eventually to private collection, Providence, Rhode Island, mid-20th century to present
(top stretcher in pencil) Springtime