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Early Moonrise in Florida

ca. 1892-1893
24 3/8 x 36 1/4 in. (61.9 x 92.1 cm)

George Inness
United States (Newburgh, NY, 1825 – 1894, Bridge of Allan, Scotland)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1936.61
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: George Eastman Collection

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]

Artist's signature, lower right: G. Inness 1893

Artist; artist's Executors' Sale, 1895 (lot 218); purchased by William Littauer, 1895; William Macbeth Gallery, New York; purchased by George Eastman, Rochester, NY (by 1915); his bequest to the University of Rochester, 1932; transferred to the Gallery in 1936

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on George Inness' Early Moonrise in Florida, written by David Bjelajac.
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A related painting by George Inness A similar painting by George Inness at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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