George Inness (4808 words)

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1. Overview

A straightforward assessment of the life of George Inness would identify him as one of the most important and influential members of the Hudson River School, the preeminent group of American landscape painters that flourished in the northeast from around 1825 to 1875. Born on a farm near Newburgh, New York, a small town near the Hudson, Inness trained in the Hudson River School style as a young painter. In his early landscapes — works of the 1840s and 1850s — he clearly derived much …

Bell, Adrienne Baxter. "George Inness". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2009
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