PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF DR. JOHN BURRELL OLIVER
George Inness (American, 1825-1894)
Woodland and the Distant Valley signed 'G. Inness' (lower right) oil on canvas 16 x 24in
PROVENANCE: J. Scott Harley, N.A. (son-in-law of the artist), New York, New York with Macbeth Gallery, New York, New York (acquired from the above in 1906 with the title Wood Interior) New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 1908) sale, Withington Auction, Inc., New Hampshire, 1977 with the Marbella Gallery, New York, New York (acquired in 1979) with Frederic I. Thaler, Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, 1986 Collection of Dr. John B. Oliver
EXHIBITED: New York, Bernard Galleries, Inc., Our American Heritage, 1986, illustrated
LITERATURE: LeRoy Ireland, The Works of George Inness, no. 257, illustrated p.65
Michael Quick has examined this painting and confirmed its authenticity. It will be included in the forthcoming supplement to his catalogue raisonne of the works of George Inness.
Of this work, Michael Quick writes, "Having carefully studied Woodland and the Distant Valley, it is my definite opinion that this is a genuine work of George Inness. It appears to be a late painting reinterpreting what must have been a Catskill sketch from the late 1860s. I would give it the approximate date of about 1890. The simplification of the composition and the technique of broadly applied layers of colored glazes and opaque paint both mark it as a painting of the final period."