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Farm Landscape, Cattle in Pasture—Sunset Nantucket

George Inness, American, (May 1, 1825–August 3, 1894)

Creation date: ca. 1883
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
Accession Number: 1938.31
State/Province: Nantucket
Dimensions: 20 in. x 30 in. (50.8 cm x 76.2 cm)

Provenance

Mrs. Henry A. Everett, Pasadena, California ( - 1938)

George Inness, (ca. 1883 - 1884)

George I. Seney, New York, New York (1884 - February 11, 1891)

P. A. B. Widener, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (February 11, 1891 - ca. 1905)

American Art Galleries, New York, New York (February 11, 1894 - February 11, 1894)

M. Knoedler & Co., New York, New York (ca. 1905 - 1905)

G. B. Bosworth, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1905 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1938 - )

Label Copy

Inness found inspiration in the natural environs of Nantucket, and he increasingly painted the island after 1880. Around the time that he painted Farm Landscape, Cattle in Pasture—Sunset Nantucket, his letters regularly described the productivity and repeated inspiration he found in Sconset. On August 2, 1883, he wrote, “I saw a very fine sunset last evening from Mr. Burbank’s house which with figures could be made interesting and striking.” Just two days later, he wrote again, “I have just been out to see the setting of the sun, strolling up the road and studying the solemn tones of the passing daylight. There is something peculiarly impressive in the effects of the far-stretching distance, the weather-worn gray of the buildings, and the general sense of solitariness which quite suits my present mood.” Inness separated himself from the Hudson River School by aiming for a more emotional representation of place.

October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
George Inness
American • 1825–1894
Farm Landscape, Cattle in Pasture (also called Sunset Nantucket)
Oil on panel • ca. 1883
George Inness studied at the National Academy of Design and was influenced by the work of Hudson River landscape painter Asher B. Durand. This particular landscape derived from the summer Inness spent in Sconset on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts in 1883. While artists like Durand aimed for realism in their work, in this painting Inness creates a more atmospheric representation of the landscape. Moreover, Inness was inspired by his interaction with the painters of the Barbizon School in France. As a result, he incorporated a darker palette and looser brushstrokes.
Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
1938.31
Last Updated: 10/20/2014

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhbiti , 00/00/00 - 5/19/1981

Special Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Works by Mr. George Inness, N.A. American Art Association , 4/4/1884 - 4/4/1884

Autumn Exhibition National Academy of Design , 11/23/1885 - 12/19/1885

Art Gallery of the Southern Exposition , 8/28/1886 - 10/23/1886

American Paintings Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 1/2/1930 - 1/31/1930

Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting Long Beach Museum of Art , 11/6/1966 - 11/27/1966

The Art of Conservation: Preserving the Past for a New Millennium Timken Museum of Art , 10/15/1999 - 3/5/2000

Art of the United States The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/24/2013 - 10/22/2013

Modern and Contemporary , 12/21/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of the Americas San Diego Museum of Art , 12/23/2013 - 00/00/00

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

Art of the 20th Century , 3/28/2015 - 8/16/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 148, 171, Figure Number: 171

Mr. Reginald Poland. A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 11

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 4

LeRoy Ireland. The Works of George Inness: University of Texas Press. Austin, Texas, 1965
Page Number: 267 no. 1080, Figure Number: 1080

Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting Long Beach Museum of Art. Long Beach, California, 1966
Page Number: cat. no. 27

Dr. Don Bacigalupi and Ms. Rachel Evans. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 12

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 171, Figure Number: 171

Mr. Michael Quick. George Inness: Rutgers University Press. New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2007
Page Number: 124, 125 no. 793, Figure Number: 793, 793a

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