George Inness / The Home of the Heron / 1893George Inness
The Home of the Heron

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Creator Name: Inness, George
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: American; 1825-1894 North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Active Place: North and Central America,North America,United Sta
Creator Name-CRT: George Inness
Title: The Home of the Heron
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1893
Creation End Date: 1893
Creation Date: 1893
Creation Place: North and Central America,North America,United States,Florida
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: unframed:76.2 x 115.2 cm (30 x 45 in.)framed: 100 x 138.1 cm (39 3/8 x 54 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions: Signed, lower right: "G. Inness 1893"
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1911.31
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Edward B. Butler Collection
Context: During the final years of his life, George Inness and his family spent their winters in Tarpon Springs on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Although his health was failing, Inness continued to paint in Florida and produced some of his most subtle, evocative work there. The Home of the Heron was inspired by the marshy landscape and seemingly endless sunsets of the South. Influenced by eighteenth-century theologian Emmanuel Swedenborg's philosophy, Inness's spiritual beliefs are the guiding force of his work. In this painting, the artist adopted modes of abstraction to convey spiritual associations and to capture the otherworldliness of the marsh at sunset.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1911.31
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

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