|Object ID Number||SAM 1954.7|
|Title||The Woodchopper (also known as The Woodland Path)|
|Credit line||Gift of Mr. Vernon West|
George Inness began his career working in the detailed style of the Hudson River School. He studied in New York with French landscape painter Régis Gignoux and later studied in France where he was greatly influenced by the Barbizon painters whose work was characterized by a softness of form, lush tonal qualities, and loose brushwork.
In 1863, Inness met painter William Page who introduced him to the spiritual teachings of the 18th century Swedish philosopher, Emanuel Swedenborg. Swedenborg advocated that the spiritual world was as much a reality as the material world. These teachings soon became manifest in Inness’s work as he began to imbue his landscapes with personal visions of nature.
"The Woodchopper" is a premier example of Inness’s mature style exhibiting soft, diffused images, flickering light and subtle chromatic values. Forsaking detail for a naturalistic expression, this scene creates a moody and muted vision of America’s woodlands.
|Image size||H: 21 1/2" x W: 29 1/2"|
|Signed Name||"G. Iness 1865"|
|Signature Location||Lower Left Corner|
|Currently on view||Yes|