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The River

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The River

Artist: George Inness (American, 1825 - 1894)

Date: 1878
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
16 x 23 5/8 inches (40.6 x 60 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: G. Inness (lower right)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.38.8
Catalogue Raisonne: 621
Accession Number: 1965.2.669
Label Text:In the nineteenth century Americans increasingly saw the American continent as a source both of identity and material wealth. Landscape paintings, such as The River, expressed this interest in America's resources. Here Inness portrayed a quiet, lush scene of Pompton River, New Jersey, near his home. The importance of the landscape would also propel artists to travel to the exotic and dramatic American West.
Provenance: Governor Oliver Ames, Boston, Massachusetts; (American Art Association, New York, no. 29, repro.); purchased January 16, 1919 Estate of Governor Oliver Ames, Massachusetts; purchased June 10, 1919 through (Cannell and Chaffin, Inc., Los Angeles, California) by Miriam Lutcher Stark [Mrs. W.H. Stark, 1859-1936]; by inheritance to her son bequeathed H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art