George Inness probably would not have considered this painting suitable for exhibition because it is not finished. It offers insight, however, into the way he worked. The trees in the middle distance still remain in a preparatory state, sketchiy rendered in the same type of charcoal drawing that guided the development of the rest of this composition. The looser, more freely brushed style of this work is very different from Inness's early, Hudson River school manner and signals the direction of his mature work under the inspiration of French Barbizon art.
- Artist: George Inness, American, 1825-1894
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1881
- Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 30 1/8 in. (51.5 x 76.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "G. Inness 1881"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 32.827
- Credit Line: Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Inness (American, 1825-1894). Homeward, 1881. Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 30 1/8 in. (51.5 x 76.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.827
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)