Sunset at Montclair, painted in 1885 by George Inness, portrays tree silhouettes arranged irregularly across the horizon against a warm golden-orange background. The painting is an ode to the beauty of Montclair, New Jersey, where Inness resided from 1885 until his death in 1894. Sunset was one of Inness’s favorite subjects, and he made many interpretations of it throughout his lifetime.
Influence from the Old Masters, Hudson River School, Barbizon school and Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology can be seen in all of Inness’s artwork. Sunset at Montclair reflects a mystical component with its abstract shapes, softened edges and powerful saturation that create an immersive viewing experience for the audience.
Sunset by George Inness was last auctioned off on August 23rd, 2020 for $869648-$1353232. The painting has enjoyed significant popularity over time among art lovers due to its uniqueness even as modern art continues to evolve. It speaks volumes about nature’s beauty and the essence of the environment around us while also depicting moving imagery almost akin to photography techniques currently in use.