Hibbard made his first and only trip abroad in 1913-1914, when he won the Museum School’s prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship. First staying in London and then Paris, he soon crossed over to Spain, venturing from north to south, and in early 1914 was exploring the coastal towns of Malaga, Valencia and Barcelona.
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It is likely at one of these ports where Fishermen off the Spanish Coast was painted and, as with many of the smaller pieces done on site during his travels, he worked en plein air using dappled brushwork to capture the play of light on the placid current and to the render the rugged terrain of the distant mountains.
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