Aldro Hibbard had long been interested in snow-covered landscapes, submitting one of his earliest, February Thaw, to the National Academy. He acknowledged a debt to the winter landscapes of Willard Metcalf, specifically the technique of creating a veil of delicately-toned colors, one placed next to another, to describe light and shadow on snow.
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Equally important was Metcalf’s practice of painting outside in the middle of winter; Hibbard’s snow scenes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains painted during his honeymoon in 1925, as well as his Vermont scenes, such as this view of a homestead nestled along the base of a mountain, attest to his love for painting in harsh conditions.
Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts
To Vose Galleries of Boston, inventory no. 26208, January 1980
To collection, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1980 to December 1986
To Vose Galleries of Boston, inventory no. 28538, December 1986
To private collection, Newbury, MA, December 1986 to present
Old Vose Galleries of Boston label, inventory no. 26206 (crossed out), then 28538 written in