Happy Birthday to George Inness (1825-1894), known as one of the greatest American landscape painters of the 19th-century.
George Inness's father was a successful grocer, but the young Inness was uninterested in following in his father's footsteps, and at the age of 14, studied drawing. By 16, Inness became employed as an engraver, which was a common path for aspiring artists. From there, his success began.
Inness, inspired by the old European masters, traveled abroad to Paris, Rome, and Florence for decades. He lived in Italy for a short time, and in 1874 moved back to his estate in the US.
The Timken collection piece "Ariccia" by George Inness, painted in 1874, is based on the small town of Ariccia, Italy. The town lies in the Alban Hills, just miles from southeast Rome. In this beautiful landscape, Inness captures the characteristic light at the end of the day, a time of stillness and tender melancholy, which wonderfully represents his signature style of expressive landscape painting.
📸 Photographer: E. S. Bennett, George Inness seated in his studio, 1890, Macbeth Gallery Records, c. 1890-1964.
🖼 George Inness, (American 1825 - 1894), "Ariccia," 1874, oil on canvas.
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