Catskill Mountains

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1870

Artist:

George Inness
American, 1825–1894

About this artwork

George Inness’s Catskill Mountains depicts a land tamed by human presence. The church, the carefully tended fields, and the hayrick on the right are all finely delineated in a manner typical of Inness’s early style. Although the artist’s reverent handling of color and light in this image has often been linked to his interest in Swedenborgian spirituality, it also relates to his admiration for this particular expanse of the American landscape. During the mid-19th century, the Catskill Mountain range was America’s premiere tourist site. The region’s close proximity to urban centers and abundant spectacular views made the Catskills a popular destination for those who wanted to escape from the bustle of modern life.

On View

American Art, Gallery 170

Artist

George Inness

Title

Catskill Mountains

Origin

United States

Date

1870

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "G. Inness 1870"

Dimensions

123.8 × 184.5 cm (48 3/4 × 72 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Edward B. Butler Collection

Reference Number

1912.1623

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