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Willard L. Metcalf
A Family of Birches
1907
oil
29 x 26 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



Willard Metcalf was one of the first Americans to visit Monet's studio at Giverny. Following the French impressionists, he used loose brush strokes to capture the effects of light in New England landscapes. This tranquil scene may have been painted at Old Lyme, Connecticut, an artists' colony where Metcalf visited frequently from 1903 to 1907.