Valley of Cadore, Italy
George Inness, American, 1825 - 1894
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The village of Cadore in northern Italy was the birthplace of Titian, and its surrounding peaks inspired his art as well as Inness’s. This pairing of a preliminary watercolor and later oil of the same subject illustrates Inness’s working method: he established the broad planes of color and form in the watercolor, and then translated them into a luminous oil portrait of Monte Rite overlooking the town of Valley of Cadore.