George Inness (American, 1825–1894)
Oil on canvas; 20 3/8 x 30 1/8 in. (54.3 x 76.5 cm)
Gift of George I. Seney, 1887 (87.8.8)
The composition of this painting is splendidly orchestrated, with a striking effect of unity and emphasis that did not exist in Inness’ early works. He apparently painted this canvas just after his return from four years abroad. His experience of working in Italy and France led him away from recording naturalistic effects with much disparate detail toward making coherent arrangements in which a single motif is emphasized and everything else is subordinated. Here, the sunlit trees dominate the entire landscape, their richness intensified by the deep foreground of shadow and the blue violet tones of the lowering sky.