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Trapezoidal Rock is Smoking Gun in DMA Inness Attribution

Durand’s “In the Woods”

The Dallas Museum of Art decided last week that a painting given to the museum in 1931 as painter Asher B. Durand’s “In The Woods” is actually a much nicer painting by George Inness titled “Stream in the Mountains.”

There have been doubts about the unsigned painting’s authorship since the 1940’s, but it was sharp work by the DMA’s Sue Canterbury, who found an Inness drawing in the Princeton University Art Museum containing similar elements, including a distinctive trapezoidal rock, that clinched the re-attribution., later confirmed by Michael Quick, former curator of American art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and author of George Inness: A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©, published in 2007.

George Inness, “Stream in the Mountains”

also by Bill Davenport
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