New Jersey Landscape

A follower of the Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, Inness believed that the spirit of God was present throughout the natural world. Although this painting may represent a specific place, the artist was less interested in defining recognizable details than in conveying nature’s immaterial essence, here expressed in finely modulated colors that have been painted with a brush and then wiped with a cloth, so they blend together without contours.

George Inness

American, 1825–1894

New Jersey Landscape


Oil on canvas

30 x 45 in. (76.2 x 114.3 cm)

Gift of Frank and Katherine Martucci, 2013