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Winter Scene near South Beach


An oil on canvas tonalist landscape painting by American artist Frederick Kost (1861 - 1923).  A snow-covered hill and road in the foreground lead into a stark group of trees and buildings in the distance.  The sea is probably just over the hill but is not visible.  The colors are off-whites and browns with traces of an orange setting sun from behind clouds.

Frederick William Kost was born in New York City, and moved to Staten Island with his family when he was six years old. Kost's father was the proprietor of Richmond County Hall and the German Club Rooms on Van Duzer St. He attended the Methfessel School (later Staten Island Academy) and then persued his interest in art at Cooper Union and later at the National Academy of Design under George Innes and R.H. Marcy. In 1906, he was elected an honorary member of the Academy. Kost was primarily a landscape painter and did numerous works depicting Staten Island scenes. In 1901 and 1904 he received medals from the Pan American Exposition and the St. Louis exposition.

Artist: Frederick William Kost (1861 - 1923)

Title: Winter Scene near South Beach

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: c. 1890

Dimensions: 28" H x 24" W

Signature/Inscription: Frd W Kost; Front - Lower left

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1960.17.6

Credit: Gift of the Estate of Walter C. Schabelitz

Tags: 19th century, american, frederick kost, kost, landscape, oil, painting, south beach, staten island, sunset, winter