"John Joseph Enneking is an institution in Boston’s history and a figurehead in American Impressionism. His singular style and iconic landscapes, particularly his paintings of New England sunsets, earned him the nickname ‘the Twilight Painter’. A devoted conservationist, Enneking’s paintings are lovely depictions of the beauty of the natural world. In Hillside Pasture, the muted, overcast sky allows the varied greens in the rolling hills and trees to carry the painting, the verdant shades of spring conveying a tranquility echoed by the flock of sheep grazing on the hill and the placid pond in the foreground. It is a charming scene that demonstrates Enneking’s skill at capturing the moods of all seasons, from the bright light of summer to the blazing gold of autumn, earning him his spot in American Art History."
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Enneking settled in Boston’s suburb of Hyde Park in 1876 and became one of Boston’s best-known landscape painters. Strongly tied to his local surroundings, Enneking was a devoted conservationist and acted as chairman of the Park Board during the end of his career, helping to protect the saltwater marshes of the Neponset River, as well as areas of the Stony Brook Reservation and Boston’s Fenway. In 1967, Enneking’s preservation efforts were rewarded when State Representative Michael Feeney renamed a section of the Turtle Pond Parkway in Hyde Park the Enneking Parkway.
Private collection, Kensington, Maryland