George Inness, Sr. (aka George Inness)
North America, American, Massachusetts
20 in. x 30 in. (50.8 cm x 76.2 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Currently On View
George Inness’s paintings of the 1870s are considered some of his most accomplished works. His emphasis during this decade of his long career was to balance virtuoso brushwork with rich, expressive color. By this point, Inness was creating primarily idealized studio compositions based upon field studies and preparatory sources, so this image of a landscape, while titled "Medfield", was most likely a composite of various elements of scenery rather than a record of a specific place.
Inness’s relationship with Medfield, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, began in 1860 as he sought a refuge from the pressures of the art world in New York City. The proximity to Boston gave him access to an active art environment in which Barbizon painting, a French landscape painting style that informed some of Inness’s earlier works, was better accepted and more widely collected than in New York.