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The Mill Pond

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




George Inness (American, 1825–1894)

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A distinctive landscape painter of the 19th century, George Inness excelled at capturing the poetics and mood of his environs, finding spiritual resonances in nature, from its grand vistas to its quiet nooks. The Mill Pond depicts a sylvan setting, in which a small figure rows a boat in the pond at middle distance. Brilliant pigments of orange, green, and blue electrify an otherwise tranquil scene. Through color and atmosphere rather than line or detail, Inness communicated an intensity of vision, fueled by an individual encounter with nature.


On View, Gallery 171


Arts of the Americas


George Inness


The Mill Pond


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower right: "G. Inness 1889"


95.9 × 75.6 cm (37 3/4 × 29 3/4 in.)

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Edward B. Butler Collection

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