George Inness: Sacred and Profane Space

3:00 pm Sun, Jul 28, 2013

Venue: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267


Sally Majewski


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Adrienne Baxter Bell., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, presents the lecture "George Inness: Sacred and Profane Spaces," in which she examines the recent gift to the Clark by Frank and Katherine Martucci of eight late landscape paintings by George Inness (1825-1894). Bell will provide an introduction to the artist's life, work, and ideas, followed by an exploration of some of the ways that Inness, on the cusp of modernism, created a new language of landscape painting that engaged both the sacred and the profane in nature. Bell's lecture will explore Inness's engagement with art as a form of philosophical inquiry--an opportunity to explore ideas about reality, cosmology, and existence. As a follower of the mystical/scientific theories of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), Inness often used his paintings to convey his belief in the omnipresence of a spiritual force in nature; yet he continued to paint fairly recognizable settings, even into the late period of his landscape painting.

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