Cu­ra­tor solves mys­tery of un­signed U.S. paint­ing

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DAL­LAS — An un­signed paint­ing that has been in the Dal­las Mu­seum of Art’s col­lec­tion for more than eight decades and was long-be­lieved to have been com­posed by an­other artist was likely cre­ated by Ge­orge In­ness, one of Amer­ica’s great­est land­scape painters, a cu­ra­tor said.

Ex­perts at the mu­seum had thought the oil on can­vas, In the Woods, from around 1850, was painted by Asher B. Du­rand, a lead­ing fig­ure of the Hudson River School painters in the mid-19th cen­tury who was an early influence on In­ness.

But ex­perts at the mu­seum be­gan to ques­tion the paint­ing’s at­tri­bu­tion, prompt­ing Amer­i­can art cu­ra­tor Sue Can­ter­bury to re­search the ori­gin of the paint­ing. As she con­sid­ered artists who might stylis­ti­cally fit, Can­ter­bury turned to Michael Quick’s book, Ge­orge In­ness: A Cat­a­logue Raisonne, where she no­ticed a pen and ink draw­ing by the artist that closely re­sem­bled In the Woods.

The paint­ing, which fea­tures a bu­colic for­est scene, went on dis­play at the mu­seum on Fri­day reat­tributed to In­ness. Cu­ra­tors have re­named the paint­ing, Stream in the Moun­tains.

Can­ter­bury said the reat­tri­bu­tion of the paint­ing is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause it is from In­ness’s early years, a pe­riod of his long ca­reer from which not many works have sur­vived. In­ness died at the age of 69 in 1894. Can­ter­bury said he changed his style many times dur­ing his ca­reer

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