1. "Cloudy Day" (landscape), by George Innes, National Academician. As a simple, faithful interpretation of nature in one of her grandest moods, the owner considers this the best cabinet size picture that has ever left the easel of an American artist. It is undoubtedly Innes' best cabinet painting, a marvel of truth every way, and embodies, in an uncommon degree, his proverbial boldness, strength, and suggestiveness. The sky painting cannot be surpassed, and challenges admiration; and wonderful is the moisture and vitality of atmosphere. Innes has been very properly characterized as the Theodore Rousseau of America, and, as such, the monarch of the American School of Landscape Painting. Tuckerman says of Innes: "Rarely do we see one of his landscapes without finding therein a picturesque effect or subtle meaning, indicative of the rarest skill and the most absolute genius." [P. 60; exhibited under heading: "Paintings."] PAINTING IN OIL (ORIGINAL). Landscape.--First premium of diploma and $50 to George Innes' "Cloudy Day;" second, of $20, to Worthington Whittredge's "Plains at the Base of the Rocky Mountains"--both exhibited by S.A. Cole, Jr. [P. 69; see entries 02560008 and 02560010 for other works noted in this commentary.]
Ninth Annual Report of the Saint Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Prepared for Publication by Maj. Geo. W. Gilson. St. Louis: Missouri Democrat Book and Job Printing House. 1871.
Artist nationality: American.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academy of Design; National Academician.