George Inness

(1825-1894)

George Inness was a self-taught 19th century landscape painter who is often compared with Corot and Rousseau. His early style was linked to the Hudson River School. After traveling through Europe in 1850 and again in 1854 his work was often more closely aligned with the Barbizon tradition. His brush strokes became looser, his figures less defined as he sought to link the Divine with nature and man. Inness spent four years in Italy and France (1870-1874) and later traveled to California, where he painted with William Keith. Inness passed away in 1894 while visiting Scotland. A complicated man, he has posthumously been recognized as one of America's greatest landscape painters.