Home at Montclair

Inness's property in Montclair, New Jersey, was the subject of many of his late works. In this winter scene, he captured the stillness of twilight in layers of thinly applied paint, evoking an atmosphere rather than recording topographical details. The artist’s son wrote of the painting: “There is nothing startling in this great work of art, and yet you are filled with a sense of bigness, grandeur, and the very conviction of truth and nature.”

Provenance

James W. Ellsworth, Chicago; to Mrs. Bernon S. Prentice (née Ellsworth), by descent; to (Parke-Bernet, New York, sale of the Prentice collection, April 19, 1952, no. 659); to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1952); to Robert Sterling Clark, January 14, 1955.

George Inness

American, 1825–1894

Home at Montclair

1892

Oil on canvas

30 1/8 x 45 in. (76.5 x 114.3 cm) Frame: 37 × 53 × 4 in. (94 × 134.6 × 10.2 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1955

1955.10


ON VIEW

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.