American Art

December 10th: Christmas Eve by George Inness

Christmas Eve by George Inness.
George Inness, Christmas Eve, 1866. Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, New Jersey. Photo via the-athenaeum.org.

Nineteenth-century Tonalist landscape painter George Inness (1825-1894) is one of my favorite American artists. Many of his paintings feature locations in the northeastern United States that I’m familiar with. That’s one of the reasons I feel connected to his works, although most of these places look quite different today. There’s no indication of where Christmas Eve was painted, but I feel like it could have been my backyard.

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