George Inness

American, 1825 - 1894
George Inness was a major 19th century landscape painter who is often compared with Corot and Rousseau. Inness traveled through Europe in 1847, 1850 and again in 1854. He later spent four years in Italy before settling in New York City. His early style is linked to the Hudson River School. Unfortunately after 1878, much of Inness work was rejected because of his independent style with dramatic tonal contrast.

Biography courtesy of The Caldwell Gallery, www.antiquesandfineart.com/caldwell
Many rank George Inness with Homer, Eakins and Ryder as a master of nineteenth century American painting. Certainly he profoundly influenced the landscape painters who followed him.

Inness's early work was very much the prevailing style of the Hudson River School. Several trips to Europe brought him in contact with the work of the Barbizon painters and brought stronger color and a new looseness into his own compositions. In 1863, he was introduced to the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, the Scandinavian theologian. Here at last was the link between the spiritual and real world that he was striving to realize in his work. In his late work, from 1880 on, he achieved the melding of the natural world with the spiritual that he sought, and created landscapes of extraordinary power.

Inness was a frenzied painter. He would work and rework a canvas, sometimes painting an entirely different imaginary scene on top of an almost finished work. While the quality of Inness's output varied widely, His best paintings stand as some of the finest landscapes ever painted in America.

Member:
National Academy of Design

Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago
Cincinnati Art Museum
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C.
Nelson Gallery, Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries, www.antiquesandfineart.com/roughton
As one of the most important American painters of the nineteenth century, George Inness painted in an innovative style that was all his own. He first studied under Regis Gignoux and created his early landscapes in the Hudson River School manner. After a trip to France in 1855, his style shifted toward an individual interpretation of the Barbizon School. Inness' work can be found in nearly every major collection of American Art, including The White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid.

Biography courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, www.antiquesandfineart.com/questroyal
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