George Inness

George Inness (1825–1894) became attracted to the style of the Barbizon School of landscape painting in the mid-1850s.  The Barbizon group painted outdoors, en plein air, and their landscapes often featured rural scenes with laborers at work.

By the 1870’s Inness became interested in the spiritual teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), who believed that God’s light or wisdom was present in all creatures.  Inness’s landscapes in his later years reflected this belief, and became atmospheric and introspective.