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Autumn Meadows

Artist:
George Inness (American, Newburgh, New York 1825–1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland)
Date:
1869
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 45 1/2 in. (76.2 x 115.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter Knight Sturges, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
By the start of the Civil War, Inness's paintings began to show distinctive influences of the Barbizon school of French landscape and genre painting, so different from the Hudson River School, with its scrupulous draftsmanship and its respect for topographical truth. However, the diffuse solar light and misty translucency of this picture does not reflect the dense pigmentation of Barbizon works and suggests the artist's appreciation of the English master J. M. W. Turner, whose qualities were early detected in Inness's work by his critics though they were disparaged by Inness himself.
Signature: [at lower right]: G. Inness 1869
Judge Morgan O'Brien, New York, until died 1937; his estate, 1937–1959; with Kennedy Galleries, New York, 1959; Walter Knight Sturges, Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, 1959–1974
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