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Willard L. Metcalf
Snow in the Foothills
about 1920–25
29 3/8 x 33 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly

Willard Metcalf's paintings of nature were often associated with the poetry of Robert Frost, such as “Dust of Snow,” which reads in part: “The dust of snow / From a hemlock tree / Has given my heart / A change of mood / And saved some part / Of a day I had rued.” Metcalf's depictions of the New England countryside earned him the title “poet laureate of these homely hills.”