Sunrise in the Woods

Early morning sunlight filters through a dense forest, throwing forms into deep shadow. Details of the composition emerge through careful observation: a figure driving cattle on the left, a fallen log outlined by the raking sunlight, and a large silhouetted tree. By softening contours and blurring forms, Inness evokes a sense of the spiritual essence of the natural world.

George Inness

American, 1825–1894

Sunrise in the Woods


Oil on canvas

20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm)

Gift of Frank and Katherine Martucci, 2013