Frosty Morning, Montclair by George Inness
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Frosty Morning, Montclair by George Inness

Frosty Morning, Montclair by George Inness

  • This exceptional landscape was painted by George Inness, one of America's finest artists
  • Entitled Frosty Morning, Montclair, its atmospheric effects and tones embody his distinctive style
  • His works are renowned for their poignant and spiritual expression of nature
  • Today, he is considered among America's most successful and talented landscape painters
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George Inness
1825-1894 | American

Frosty Morning, Montclair

Signed “G Inness 1885” (lower right)
Oil on canvas

George Inness is regarded as America's greatest landscape painter. Initially influenced by the Hudson River School of artists, he distinguished himself by pursuing a more modern aesthetic that championed an expressive interpretation of nature rather than a merely realistic one. Painted in Montclair in 1885, Frosty Morning, Montclair embodies this philosophy, incorporating atmospheric effects and tones to create a work that is both poignant and spiritual.

The scene offers an expansive view of sheep grazing in a broad pasture, and its mood is a dramatic one as the clouds in the sky cast shadows over the scene below. Still, there is an emphasis on harmony, both tonal and spiritual - man and animal are dwarfed by the grandeur of the landscape, but they do not appear in opposition. Rather, the result is that the viewer becomes aware of the transcendent power of nature. His masterful use of composition and light to evoke a mood are why Inness quickly gained recognition among the most successful and talented landscape painters in American art history.

Born in New York in 1825, George Inness grew up on a farm in rural New Jersey. He knew from a young age that he wanted to be an artist and, despite his father's disapproval, pursued an artistic career in New York City. Though he received minimal training as a young artist, he was a student of the Old Masters, particularly the idealized Romantic landscapes of Claude Lorrain and Salvator Rosa. His travels to Rome and Florence cemented his admiration for Baroque landscapes, while a trip to Paris introduced him to the fresh, loose brushwork and overt expressiveness of the Barbizon artists. Thus, he returned to the United States with a new understanding of aesthetics that would change the trajectory of his style.

Though he came of age during the onset of the Hudson River School, Inness' works took on a spiritual and atmospheric aesthetic that set him apart from the group. According to his son, the artist used a barn as his studio, where he painted feverishly. When outdoors, he rationally contemplated his next work of art, rarely painting directly from nature. His mesmerizing compositions, such as this magnificent landscape, were created from a thorough knowledge and understanding of his subject matter - nature. His genuine love of the natural world was reflected throughout his life and work, which remains among the most coveted of all American art.

Dated 1885

Canvas: 30 1/8" high x 44 1/8" wide
Frame: 43" high x 57 5/8" wide
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Framed:57 5/8"W x 43"H
Unframed:44 1/8"W x 30 1/8"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Landscape
Width:57 5/8 Inches
Height:43 Inches
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