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May Snow

1937 Torvald Arnst Hoyer Born: Copenhagen, Denmark 1872 Died: Chicago, Illinois 1949 oil on canvas 29 7/8 x 24 in. (76.0 x 61.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1979.10.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22A

Luce Center Label

Torvald Hoyer created many images based on his travels, often painting them from memory many years later. In this painting the tiny dabs of paint create a soft, hazy image, evoking the effect of snow on the landscape. This scene was probably inspired by a childhood memory, and the small figure pulling a sled may be the artist himself, looking for adventure in the unexpected spring snow.


Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Figure group

Landscape - season - spring

Landscape - weather - snow

Recreation - sport and play - sledding

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - Illinois


folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas