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The career of George Inness (1825-1894) is a lesson in American art history. Beginning as a Hudson River School-style painter, he later became a proponent of first the American Barbizon school and then Tonalism, always adapting each movement into his own unique version. Strongly influenced by the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, he used his depictions of nature to express his own spiritual concepts. The increasing abstraction of his later works, like "The Edge of the Hill", have led some to call him a precursor of Modernism.
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His good friend the renowned preacher Henry Ward Beecher once called George Inness (1825-1894) both the best and the worst of American painters. He was certainly one of the most versatile. Though he later became an exponent of first the Hudson River School and then the American Barbizon style, Inness began his career with paintings like "Medfield, Massachusetts" which were strongly influenced by English pastoral paintings. Yet even in this early work, his use of atmospheric perspective and the nostalgic ambiance he insinuates into the painting foreshadow the painterly quality and emotional resonance of his more mature work.
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