Exhibition: The Art of Winter

Exhibition Information

Carlson 35478 exhibition cover

John F. Carlson (1874-1945)
Mountain Hamlet


On exhibition January 9, 2016 - February 27, 2016

The harsh but beautiful conditions offered by the winter months inspired many artists to bundle up and paint outdoors. Captured in blues, purples, yellows and reds, these snow scenes reveal each artist’s unique ability to see beyond the color we usually associate with snow. 

Aldro Hibbard, a resident of Vermont during the winters, would often trek for hours in search of an ideal winter landscape. The hours he spent outdoors, often interrupted by periods of frozen oil paint, proved worthwhile as he developed a reputation as New England’s premier snow painter.

Hibbard was so dedicated to this subject that he even stole away to paint this stunning canvas during his honeymoon to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 1925. Hibbard executed tranquil snow-covered scenes with delicately-toned colors, one placed next to another. This impressive example expertly captures the changing light over the mountains, and attests to his love of painting directly from nature.

John F. Carlson was one of the most important teachers of landscape painting in the early twentieth century. For Carlson, it wasn’t that he particularly loved the time of year; rather his busy teaching schedule relegated his own painting time to the late fall and winter. Painting in muted blues and greens, his silent forests, still rivers and rolling pastureland scenes captured the lyrical qualities of the season. With the thoughtful balance of blue-tinged snow among the warmer tones of the leaves and foliage, the tranquil Silvered Brook illustrates Carlson’s talent for capturing the majesty of the forest in winter, a subject he revisited many times during his career.

John Whorf, painting from the comfort of his studio in Paris, painted this scene as if looking through a snow globe. Notre Dame is almost completely blurred by the gusts of wind blowing the snow through the streets of Paris.

Frederick John Mulhaupt, while recognized mostly for his paintings of the harbors of Cape Ann, applied his talents to this snow laden town, possibly in New Hampshire. His palette of warm pinks and cool blues unifies the composition, and evokes qualities of Impressionism which was flourishing among American artists at the time.

Along with works by these artists, this exhibition also features a view of the East Boston Waterfront painted by Aiden Lassell Ripley in 1952, and a snow covered view of Mount Monadnock by William Preston Phelps, among many others.