Moonrise Artist: George Inness (American, 1825–1894)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

Poetic and evocative, this twilight landscape shows the moon rising over the marshes and islands of Alexandria Bay, New York. George Inness felt that the goal of a work of art is "not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion…and the true beauty of the work consists in the beauty of the sentiment or emotion which it inspires." Viewing all of nature as symbolic and full of meaning, Inness imbued his landscapes with a spiritual dimension, influenced by the ideas of the eighteenth-century Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg.


Oil on canvas


20 1/4 × 30 1/2 in. (51.4 × 77.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Teresa Heinz in memory of her husband, H. John Heinz III, B.A. 1960

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Michael Quick, George Inness: a catalogue raisonne´ (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2007), 222–23, no. 926, pl. 193, fig. 926
  • Marco Goldin, America!, exh. cat. (Treviso: Linea d'ombra libri, 2007), 366, no. 172, ill
  • "Artistic Beauty of the Century," Antiques 89, no. 5 (May 1966), 670
  • Art News 65 (March 1966), 15
  • Apollo 81 (June 1965),
  • Leroy Ireland, The Works of George Inness: An Illustrated Catalgue Raisonne (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1965), 316-317
  • Art in America 52, no. 4 (1964), 129
Object copyright
Additional information

Object/Work type

landscapes (representations), religious art


men rivers trees


Signed l.l. in black paint "G. Inness / 1887"

Technical metadata and APIs


Open in Mirador

View IIIF manifest

The International Image Interoperability Framework, or IIIF, is an open standard for delivering high-quality, attributed digital objects online at scale. Visit to learn more

Linked Art

API response for this object

Linked Art is a Community working together to create a shared Model based on Linked Open Data to describe Art.