Permanent Collection

George Inness (American, 1825 – 1894)

Perugia

1870

Oil on canvas
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
C.0.195.1

A seminal figure in the development of American landscape painting, George Inness lived in Italy from 1870 until 1874, specifically to create travel scenes for Boston art dealers Williams and Everett. Inness completed nearly 200 paintings that represented everyday life and popular attractions, in addition to more generic landscapes. In Perugia, Inness captured an Italian peasant in the countryside near the ancient Etruscan town of the same name. Inness’ travel abroad exposed him to the works of his European contemporaries in the Romantic and Barbizon traditions, which influenced his soft and poetic canvases.