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The vague forms of two smokestacks (attached to a printing factory near the artist's home in Montclair, New Jersey) are visible through the brilliant orange haze that fills this rural landscape. As an ardent follower of the Swedenborgian faith, George Inness held a profound belief in the spiritual beauty of both rural and industrial labor. Drawing on Swedenborgian ideas about perception, he strove to convey his own experience of spiritual reality through intense color and unified atmosphere.

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