Summer Landscape, White Mountains by George Inness
Summer Landscape, White Mountains by George Inness Summer Landscape, White Mountains by George Inness
Summer Landscape, White Mountains by George Inness

Summer Landscape, White Mountains by George Inness

  • This superb summer landscape was painted by the famed American artist George Inness
  • The work captures the picturesque sweeping landscape of the White Mountains in New Hampshire
  • With its rich harmony of color and atmosphere, it is exemplary of Inness' early output
  • A very similar composition by Inness is in the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum
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George Inness
1825-1894 | American

Summer Landscape, White Mountains

Oil on canvas

The sweeping landscape of the White Mountains of New Hampshire is beautifully captured in this oil on canvas by the great American painter George Inness. Celebrated for his modern approach to landscape painting during the mid-19th century, today Inness is regarded among the masters of the Hudson River School. The present work is exemplary of his output, rendered with thin layers of paint that achieve a rich harmony of color and atmosphere. With its grouping of cattle in the foreground and farmhouses in the distance, it is a superb representation of man's coexistence with nature, all set within a masterfully composed landscape scene.

Painted in the late 1850s at the outset of his career, Summer Landscape, White Mountains stands out among his early works thanks to its delicate rendering of light and atmosphere. Inness perfectly captures the warmth and brilliance of this summer day, masterfully rendering light and shadow on the mountains in the distance. His exploration of atmosphere and expressivity in the work presage his more daring compositions from later in his life, hinting at the painterly exploration to come. A very similar composition by Inness of the White Mountains from this same period is currently in the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum (Maine).

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. Works by this highly respected and admired 19th-century American painter can be found in museum collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the National Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and many others.

Circa 1859

Canvas: 14" high x 23 5/8" wide
Frame: 23 3/8" high x 33" wide
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Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Landscape
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