Peace and Plenty
Oil on canvas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Peace and Plenty exemplifies Inness’ continuing battle with artistic traditions and norms promoted by the Hudson River School. A lush and large canvas, Inness favoured the pastoral over the grandiose rendering the painting in soft brushstrokes of copper, green and gold. Heralding the beginnings of Tonalism the artist carefully played the colour and composition to evoke a sense of spiritual harmony.
The Hudson River School, Tonalism, The Barbizon School, Naturalism
Born: 1 May 1825, New York, USA
Died: 3 August 1894, Stirling, Scotland
Inness was a landscape painter, influenced by the Old Masters, the Hudson River School, the Barbizon school, and the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg. Through a career of more than four decades and a thousand paintings Inness’ style evolved and his works consistently earned acclaim for their powerfully coordinated efforts to elicit a depth of mood, atmosphere, and emotion. A transitional artist between realist and impressionist he intended his painting to convey both the earthly and the ethereal to capture the essence of a location