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The Home of the Heron  1893

by George Inness

The landscape painter George Inness once explained, “The true purpose of the painter is simply to reproduce in other minds the impression which a scene has made upon him … to awaken an emotion.” Inness sought, particularly in his later years, to record not so much the appearance of nature as its poetry. To achieve this, he limited his subject matter to, in his words, “rive...
76.2 × 115.2 cm (30 × 45 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago