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Snow in the Foothills

ca. 1920-1925 Willard L. Metcalf Born: Lowell, Massachusetts 1858 Died: New York, New York 1925 oil on canvas 29 3/8 x 33 1/8 in. (74.5 x 84.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.76 Not currently on view


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Willard Metcalf captured the New England countryside as it thaws to make way for spring. Dabs of brown and ocher suggest muddy grass emerging from the snow cover, and quick strokes of aqua animate the sky, evoking winter's chill, even on a promising day. To capture such moments, Metcalf pulled his painting equipment behind him on a sled, braving the New England winter to study the magical, fleeting qualities of the season. In 1903 the art critic Sadakichi Hartmann described winter as "the most intellectual of all seasons . . . it is the time of the fullest and the freest flow of thought and bright ideas." But in Snow in the Foothills, Metcalf was clearly inspired by the moment when the long dark season unmistakably gives way to the time to be outdoors.

Keywords

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - tree

Landscape - weather - snow

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Willard L. Metcalf

Born: Lowell, Massachusetts 1858 Died: New York, New York 1925

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