Scene at Durham, an Idyll

Inness often worked on his paintings over extended periods. He started this painting in 1882, making changes to the composition and the color over the next three years. The artist altered the time of day from early to late afternoon by adding orange to the horizon, darkening the rocky ledge, and deepening the shadows in the foliage.

George Inness

American, 1825–1894

Scene at Durham, an Idyll


Oil on canvas on composite board

40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

Gift of Frank and Katherine Martucci, 2013