Passing Clouds, 1876
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches [50.8 x 76.2 cm]
Part of Inness's appeal was his insistence on the primacy of individual emotion and response. Inness was quoted as saying, "A work of art does not appeal to the intellect--it does not appeal to the moral sense. Its aim is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.... Its real greatness consists in the duality and force of this emotion." According to Inness: "The arrangement of colours must be kept in harmony because it must reproduce not merely the facts of the landscape, either separately or in mass, but, rather, the effect of the scene upon the painter's feelings, the emotion it evokes.