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Sundown

1884 George Inness Born: Newburgh, New York 1825 Died: Bridge of Allan, Scotland 1894 oil on canvas 30 5/8 x 45 in. (77.8 x 114.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.32 Not currently on view


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"The civilized landscape . . . can [communicate human sentiment]; and therefore I love it more and think it more worthy of reproduction than that which is savage and untamed." George Inness, "A Painter on Painting," Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1878, reprinted in Quick, George Inness, 1985

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George Inness painted peaceful views of the landscape in soft, glowing colors and often included people, animals, and buildings. Sentimental scenes like this of people enjoying nature were popular during the nineteenth century, as towns and industry gradually took over the landscape. In this image, Inness captured the moment just before sunset when everything is bathed in golden light. He painted the figures in the same rich tones as the landscape, underscoring his belief in the harmony between man, nature, and God.

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - farm

Landscape - farm

Landscape - time - sunset

Occupation - farm - harvesting

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About George Inness

Born: Newburgh, New York 1825 Died: Bridge of Allan, Scotland 1894

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