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George Inness

American Art

The vague forms of two smokestacks (attached to a printing factory near the artist's home in Montclair, New Jersey) are visible through the brilliant orange haze that fills this rural landscape. As an ardent follower of the Swedenborgian faith, George Inness held a profound belief in the spiritual beauty of both rural and industrial labor. Drawing on Swedenborgian ideas about perception, he strove to convey his own experience of spiritual reality through intense color and unified atmosphere.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1887
DIMENSIONS frame: 45 3/8 x 60 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (115.3 x 153.7 x 11.4 cm) 30 1/16 x 45 1/16 in. (76.3 x 114.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "G. Inness 1887"
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Mrs. William A. Putnam
PROVENANCE Prior to 1895, provenance not yet documented; by 1895, acquired by Richard H. Halsted of New York, NY; January 9, 1895, purchased at American Art Association, New York, "Richard H. Halstead’s Collections of Master-Works by the Late George Inness", lot 14, by William A. Putnam of Brooklyn, NY; 1935, inherited from William A. Putnam by Carolyn Rosalie Richard Haines Putnam (Mrs. William A. Putnam); May 27, 1941, bequeathed by Carolyn Rosalie Richard Haines Putnam to the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION George Inness (American, 1825–1894). Sunrise, 1887. Oil on canvas, frame: 45 3/8 x 60 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (115.3 x 153.7 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. William A. Putnam, 41.775 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.775_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 41.775_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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