Tuesday, May 10, 2011

George Inness (May 1, 1825 – August 3, 1894)

                                                                                                             
Christmas Eve or Winter Moonlight
1866

"Late on the afternoon of August 3 he suggested to my mother that they take a drive, and that while she was dressing he would stroll about and look at the sunset. He went out to a point where he could best see the flaming sky, which was unusually beautiful that evening. A sunset had always moved him to the deepest emotions, and as he gazed he was filled with an ecstasy too profound, a pain too exquisite, for the frail earthly body. Just as the big red ball went down below the horizon he threw his hands into the air and exclaimed, "My God! oh, how beautiful!" and fell stricken to the ground.

A lad who was standing near by rushed to him and said:

"Are ye in liquor, mon?"

"No," gasped my father; "I am dying. Take me up-stairs to my wife." In a few moments he passed away in the arms of the woman he loved [...]"  - George Inness, Jr., Life, art, and letters of George Inness

Niagara
1889

Sunset
1860-1865

A Bit of Roman Aqueduct
c. 1852

Home at Montclair
1892

Early Autumn, Montclair
1891

The Trout Brook
1891

Passing Clouds
1876

Winter, Close of Day
1866 

The Coming Storm
c. 1879

4 comments:

  1. Wow. All I can say is wow.... beautiful paintings.... & what an end!

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  2. Yes, a very sweet end for a great artist.

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