A Walk in the Country: Inness and the Berkshires
By Maureen Johnson Hickey, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, and Sarah Lees
A Walk in the Country provides the first examination of the Berkshire paintings of George Inness, one of the most acclaimed American artists of the nineteenth century. Though perhaps best known for representing the landscape around his last home, in Montclair, New Jersey, Inness traveled widely throughout his life, making paintings inspired by sites in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, as well as in Italy and France. In the 1840s and 1850s he gave Berkshire titles to several of the paintings he exhibited at the National Academy of Design and elsewhere, although the works themselves are the only evidence that Inness visited western Massachusetts.
Maureen Johnson Hickey, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, and Sarah Lees discuss Inness’s Berkshire paintings, as well as the vibrant social and cultural summer community of the region, which included the artist’s first patrons. They explore Inness’s idealized landscapes, painted over three decades, and the role that the Berkshires played in his art as an inspiration and a source of intellectual and financial support. Published to accompany an exhibition by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the catalogue includes full-color illustrations of Inness’s Berkshire paintings, as well as photographs of his patrons and their summer homes in the Berkshires.
24 pages, 11 x 8 1/2 inches
13 color and 9 duotone illustrations
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
ISBN 0-931102-62-6 (softcover)
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