GEORGE INNESS JR. (American, 1854-1926)
    Golden Afternoon, circa 1919
    Oil on canvas
    21-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (54.6 x 64.8 cm)
    Signed and dated illegibly lower left: Inness Jr. __
    Signed on stretcher verso: Inness Jr.

    LeRoy Ireland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
    Private collection, Houston, Texas, acquired from the above, 1957;
    Schweitzer Gallery, New York;
    Bob Inness, Dallas, acquired from the above, 1969.

    Although George Inness, Jr., continued the Tonalist landscape tradition of his more famous father, he distinguished himself as a painter of animals and religious scenes. Born in Paris, Inness studied academic painting under Leon Bonnat, yet his mature subject matter, notably shepherds or peasants in atmospheric landscapes, recalls the work of the Realist artists Jean-Fran├žois Millet and Jules Breton.

    Golden Afternoon, originally in the collection of the Inness scholar LeRoy Ireland, is the finest of his pastoral works to come to auction. Here, a golden-pink sunset spotlights an amorous shepherd and shepherdess as they stroll in a verdant pasture. Inness successfully exhibits his facility in modeling animals, evoking the Christian theme of a shepherd caring for his flock, and creating a moody Tonalist study of shadowed fields and cloudy skies.

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    Wax-lined canvas; paint film stable; scattered craquelure. Framed Dimensions 30.75 X 34.75 Inches

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    November, 2014
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