Over the course of five decades, Hibbard endured sub-zero temperatures and unpredictable weather, creating an impressive portfolio of brilliant landscapes imbued with the beauty of winter. The industries that defined the Green Mountain State – farming, timber, and the harvesting of maple syrup – naturally made their way into Hibbard’s compositions as well, and today scenes such as Sawmill in Newfane, Vermont stand as tributes to the region’s indefatigable spirit.
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In his book, A. T. Hibbard, N.A.: Artist in Two Worlds, John L. Cooley writes of Hibbard’s depiction of Vermonters at work:
“Often he kept a rendezvous with the loggers, bound for a distant forest. With them he rode into the deep woods to sketch and paint scenes that would soon disappear: oxen hauling sledges laden with spruce logs, men cutting trees with handsaws and rolling them on to the carriers, sawmills with steam up, making the forest into lumber – primitive processes that in a few decades would become uneconomical and give way to mechanization. They would pass from the American scene; but on Hibbard’s canvases they live, in all their color, vitality, and charm.”
To private collection, Gloucester, Massachusetts
By descent through two generations to private collection, Norwood, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 35111, April 2008
To collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. Arnold Haynes, Wellesley, Massachusetts, October 2008
Eventually to Haynes Family Foundation, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 35111
Building Connections: Works from the Haynes Family Foundation, Vose Galleries, Boston, June 2 – July 24, 2018