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George Henry Durrie
Winter Scene in New Haven, Connecticut
about 1858
oil
18 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



Ominous snow clouds circle overhead, and bare trees stand motionless against the darkening hills and cold gray sky. The figures in the farmyard converse with a visitor who has arrived by sleigh. Despite the impending storm, men, women, and animals betray no unease or alarm. Durrie further conveys a sense of security as the house and barn stand as protective symbols, providing warmth and safety to their inhabitants.