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.
- Artist: George Inness, American, 1825-1894
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1887
- Dimensions: 30 1/16 x 45 1/16 in. (76.3 x 114.5 cm) Frame: 45 3/8 x 60 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (115.3 x 153.7 x 11.4 cm)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "G. Inness 1887"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 41.775
- Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. William A. Putnam
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Inness (American, 1825-1894). Sunrise, 1887. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 45 1/16 in. (76.3 x 114.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. William A. Putnam, 41.775
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)