Painted with the dappled brushwork found in his early work, Belmont, Massachusetts, in Winter has remained in the collection of the artist’s family for a century and bears the same refined palette as examples from this period currently in museum collections.
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An exhibition of thirty-six paintings held at the Belmont Public Library in early 1919 included several snow scenes of the town which impressed William Howe Downes, critic for the Boston Evening Transcript: “In the winter pictures made near home are several which by their sturdy naturalism might be classed as belonging to the school of Gardner Symons, Edward W. Redfield, and W. E. Schofield, and the comparison would not result in any depreciation of the Belmont painter’s relative ability. His intelligent realism and objective fidelity to nature is, moreover, in certain examples, lifted to a higher plane of beauty by a touch of poetic feeling. ‘Belmont Hills,’ ‘Winter, Belmont,’ ‘Gray Day,’ and ‘Willows’ are perhaps the most complete, satisfying, and memorable essays in this direction. The subtle, delicate, and harmonious effects of various values in gray, in combinations which exemplify the beauty of unity in variety, lend to these compositions a very real and durable charm.” We cannot confirm Belmont, Massachusetts, in Winter was included in this exhibition, however the painting embodies the writer’s description of the artist’s sensitivity to the nuances of color, even in a seemingly “gray” composition. The rolling hills and snow-covered fields are filled with lovely passages of soft blues and purples, leading to the glowing golden sunlight reflecting off the distant ridge; even the deceptively overcast sky is rendered with a similar variegated palette.
 “Mr. Hibbard’s Landscapes.” William Howe Downes. Boston Evening Transcript, February 12, 1919.
By descent through the family of the artist
1). A. T. Hibbard Collection / Ledgendsea / Gallery / Rockport / Massachusetts / Elaine
2). (stamp, top stretcher) A. T. Hibbard / Collection
3). (on frame) Rockport Art Association exhibition label, 1996
Aldro. T. Hibbard, N.A., A Retrospective, Rockport Art Association, September 27 – October 27, 1996