Autumn Oaks, George Inness (American, Newburgh, New York 1825–1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland), Oil on canvas

Autumn Oaks

George Inness (American, Newburgh, New York 1825–1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland)
ca. 1878
Oil on canvas
20 3/8 x 30 1/8 in. (54.3 x 76.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George I. Seney, 1887
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761
The composition of this picture is splendidly orchestrated, with a striking effect of unity and emphasis that did not exist in Inness's early works. He apparently painted this just after his return from four years abroad. His experience of painting in Italy and France led him away from naturalistic effects with much disparate detail toward coherent arrangements in which a single motif dominates, and everything else is subordinate. Here the sunlit trees dominate the entire landscape, their richness intensified by the deep foreground of shadow and blue violet tones of the lowering sky.
Signature: [at lower right]: G. Inness
George I. Seney, Brooklyn, by 1887; with Samuel Putnam Avery, New York, as agent, 1887