Sunset at Montclair
George Inness (American, 1825 - 94)
1885. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40". 1991.013.002
George Inness was profoundly influenced by painters of the French Barbizon school, the first group of artists who painted outdoors in an attempt to capture natural light on canvas. Inness was especially influenced by the work of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Theodore Rousseau, and he sought, as they did, to express the poetic qualities of the landscape. In the 1860s, after Inness became a convert to the Swedenborgian belief in a separate spiritual world, his images became more ethereal, the atmosphere denser, and the mood quieter. During the latter part of his life, Inness lived in Montclair, New Jersey, where this image was painted.