Snow in the Foothills

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.

Title
Snow in the Foothills
Artist
Date
ca. 1920-1925
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
29 3833 18 in. (74.584.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – weather – snow
  • Landscape – river
  • Landscape – season – winter
Object Number
1929.6.76
Palette
Linked Open Data
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