Saturday, May 25, 2013

American Landscape Painter George Inness 1825-1894


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Early Autumn, Montclair 1888


George Inness' (1825-1894) early work was influenced initially by prints of the works of Claude Lorrain & the 17th-century Dutch landscape masters. He was also touched by the work of the leading Hudson River School painters - particularly that of Thomas Cole & Asher B. Durand - whose style is evident in some of his early canvases. Travel to Europe led him to be influenced by the work of the Barbizon school, & finally, by the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose spiritualism found vivid expression in Inness’ works toward the end of his life. His mature works helped define the Tonalist movement.  A few of Inness’ later paintings stay with me over time. The obscured details, diffused light, organic forms, & inherent glow of these paintings are surely evocative.


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) The Trout Brook


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Spring Blossoms


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) The Lone Farm


George Inness (American Hudson River School/Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Niagara


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Early Autumn, Montclair 1891


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Morning, Catskill Valley (The Red Oaks) 1894


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Near the Village, October 1894


George Inness (American Hudson River School - Tonalist Painter, 1825-1894) Spirit of Autumn 1891