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George Inness
American, 1825 - 1894

Early Moonrise in Florida, ca. 1892-1893
American Painting
Oil on canvas
24 3/8 x 36 1/4 in. (61.9 x 92.1 cm), without frame

George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester,  36.61

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For George Inness, an adherent of the mystical Swedenborgian faith, landscape elements and colors had specific symbolic qualities.  For example, he wrote that the moon is a 'natural emblem of faith,' reassuring the faithful that divine light still exists even though it is not directly visible in the night sky.  In Inness's philosophical system, blue is the color of faith.

[Gallery label text, 2007]