About This Artwork

George Inness
American, 1825–1894

The Sisters, 1882

Oil on millboard
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Signed, lower right: "G Inness"

Edward B. Butler Collection, 1926.132

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, George Inness Centennial Exhibition 1825-1925, Oct. 30–Nov. 30, 1925, cat. 41.

Kansas City, Missouri, W.C. Findlay Galleries, Inness Retrospect Exposition, 1925.

Austin, University Art Museum, University of Texas, The Paintings of George Inness (1844–1894), Dec. 12, 1965–Jan. 30, 1966, cat. 83.

Art Mansfield Center, Ohio, The American Garden, Mar. 17–Apr. 14, 1991, cat. 15.

Publication History

“A Study by Inness,” Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago 21 (Art Institute of Chicago, 1927), pp. 117–18 (ill.).

“A Strange Inness,” Art Digest 2 (Jan. 1, 1928), p. 4 (ill.).

The Edward B. Butler Collection of Paintings by George Inness (Art Institute of Chicago/Lakeside Press, 1930), p. 45, no. 597.

Mary Rexinger, The Inness Gallery at The Art Institute of Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago, 1930), pp. 25–26.

A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1932), p. 158, no. 26.132.
John Shapley, ed., The Index of Twentieth Century Artists (Dec. 1936) 4.

Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 221.

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., The Life and Work of George Inness, An Illustrated Catalogue Raisonné (University of Texas Press, 1965), p. 242, no. 975.

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., George Inness (Praeger Publishers, 1971), no 64.

Rachael Ziady DeLue, George Inness: Landscape, Representation, and The Struggle of Vision (Ph.D. diss., John Hopkins University, 2000), fig. 1.17.

Rachael Ziady DeLue, George Inness and the Science of Landscape (University of Chicago Press, 2004), no. 13.

Michael Quick, George Inness, a Catalogue Raisonne, vol. 2 (Rutgers University Press, 2007), no. 767

Ownership History

Elizabeth Hart Inness, widow of the artist (sale, Fifth Avenue Art Galleries, New York [Mrs. George Inness executor's sale], February 11-13, 1904, as The Sisters. W.C. Findlay, Kansas City, Missouri, by 1925; Charles H. Worcester, Chicago, 1925; Edward B. Butler, Chicago, 1926; given to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1926.

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