George Inness / Spring Blossoms, Montclair, New Jersey / 1891?George Inness
Spring Blossoms, Montclair, New Jersey

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Creator Name: Inness, George
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1825-1894
Creator Name-CRT: George Inness
Title: Spring Blossoms, Montclair, New Jersey
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Creation Start Date: 1891
Creation End Date: 1891
Creation Date: 1891?
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Oil and crayon or charcoal on canvas
Dimensions: 29 x 45 1/4 in. (73.7 x 114.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 11.116.4
Credit Line: Gift of George A. Hearn, in memory of Arthur Hoppock Hearn, 1911

This late work by Inness has been variously dated to 1887, 1889, and 1891. This confusion has resulted from differing interpretations of the five digits, '18891,' which Inness inscribed in dating the canvas (the nine has been misread at times as a seven). When the painting was first exhibited at the American Fine Arts Society in New York in 1894, its date was given as 1891, and this presumably is the correct dating for the work. Inness lived in Montclair the last sixteen years of his life, a period in which his style evolved into its mistiest, most spiritualized, and most self-expressive. The post-Centennial era also saw Inness elevated to the status of America's most beloved landscape painter, supplanting the formerly dominant Hudson River School artists

AMICA ID: MMA_.11.116.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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