The Old Mill

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1849

Artist:

George Inness
American, 1825–1894

About this artwork

George Inness began painting landscapes during a period in which the public preferred depictions of the untamed American wilderness; throughout his career, however, he insisted upon the importance of the cultivated landscape as a subject for art. In this work, the brightly lit figures and mill contrast with the shadowy darkness of the trees, suggesting the potential for danger at the edge of the forest. The rundown mill represents a stable, settled area but also points to the changes brought about by industrialization. Inness thus created a contradictory view of rural life that celebrates its simplicity and safety while hinting at its decline.

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American Art

Artist

George Inness

Title

The Old Mill

Origin

United States

Date

1849

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: "G. Inness 1849"

Dimensions

75.9 × 107 cm (29 7/8 × 42 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

The William Owen Goodman and Erna Sawyer Goodman Collection

Reference Number

1939.388

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