Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • George Inness
    born: Newburgh, New York, United States ; died: Bridge of Allan, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Gossip, 1884
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 51.1 x 76 cm
    Canvas/Support: 20 1/8 x 29 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.1899
Label Text

Man sitting in grass on right, talking with a woman standing on the left. The woman is leaning against a tree trunk. In the background is a grove of trees. In this painting we have an interesting combination of the almost impressionistic background combined with two figures quite plastically rendered. Far to the left are the two cows which the farm girl has finished milking. The girl, standing by her milking stool, pauses to speak to the seated man who occupies himself with whittling on a stick.