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George Inness, 1825-1894

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1825.05.01
Place of Birth: Newburgh, NY
Date of Death: 1894.08.03
Place of Death: Scotland


George Inness was an American landscape painter.


In his early years Inness was greatly influenced by the loose brushwork and rustic themes of the French Barbizon school. His later more enigmatic landscapes with their hazy forms, indistinct space and evocative colouring were the product of his religious beliefs, particularly his interest in spiritualism and the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg.

In May 1878 Whistler expressed a wish to see Inness whilst he was visiting London. In 1892 Inness and Whistler were both included in the American section of the VI Internationale Kunst-Austellung in Munich at which Whistler was awarded a first class medal for his Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181). The committee tried unsuccessfully to buy Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) from its owner.


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