Delaware Water Gap

George Inness American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761

From 1857 to 1891, Inness painted a number of views of the Delaware Water Gap, located on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This early version, which reflects some of the tenets of the Hudson River School, juxtaposes a moving steam engine at the left and heavily laden barges on the river, with the pastoral element of grazing cows in the foreground. The panoramic view of the countryside is enhanced by dramatic climatic effects: a passing storm and a rainbow.

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Delaware Water Gap, George Inness (American, Newburgh, New York 1825–1894 Bridge of Allan, Scotland), Oil on canvas, American

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