Hibbard discovered the beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the mid-1920s, first on his own and later on his honeymoon with Winifred Jackman in 1925, and the studies he completed during these visits would inform compositions throughout his lifetime. An exhibition of these works at the Guild of Boston Artists in 1926 found an admirer in critic A. J. Philpott, who felt compelled to compare Hibbard’s renditions to those done by John Singer Sargent a decade earlier: “But Sargent did not know mountains in such an intimate way as Hibbard. Hibbard not only gives you the spirit of the mountains in all their massive grandeur, but he gives you something else – an intimate something that others don’t just get." Bow River, near Banff, Canadian Rockies demonstrates Hibbard’s vigorous brushwork and strong sense of color and composition in rendering the majestic peaks and crystalline lakes and rivers of Western Canada.
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1). (verso of canvas in black) #13C
2). (in ink on top stretcher, partially covered) –dian Rockies
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