George Inness: The Lackawanna Valley
Presented by: Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D.
Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7:00 PM, Monthly Meeting
Bickford Theater of the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
The June 11th meeting will feature Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D. of Marymount Manhattan College. Professor Bell, a graduate of Columbia University has written extensively on George Inness, his life and work. Her scholarship centers on American art and cultural history from the pre-colonial period to the present.
George Inness established his reputation during the development of the ‘Hudson River School’, (America’s first true artistic movement). Known especially for the philosophical, social and spiritual influences in his work, including how industrialization impacted the agrarian lifestyle.
John Jay Phelps, (President of the DL&W Railroad), in 1855, commissioned Inness in 1855 to image the site of the railroad’s first roundhouse, in Scranton, PA. The product of this effort was “The Lackawanna Valley” now on display at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).
Although the painting fell into obscurity during the artist’s lifetime, it has since become a notable American image and served to fuel discussions regarding social impacts in the nineteenth century. Please join us to learn more about George Inness and his painting.
Admission is free, open to the public. All are welcome!
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