Hibbard’s name became synonymous with paintings of snow, yet his stays in Vermont usually lasted until late April, allowing him the opportunity to capture the transition between seasons as the slumbering trees and valleys emerged from the frost of winter.
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He depicts this gradual thaw familiar to many northern New Englanders in the wonderful Spring Freshet, in which beams of sunlight fall upon the diminishing snowbanks and swirling current of a mountain stream. The painting reveals both the artist’s strength for composition, as he uses a series of diagonals leading the viewer’s eyes into the scene, and as well as his perceptive sense of color in rendering the iridescent water.
By descent through the family of the artist
1). (right stretcher in ink, unsure if by the artist) Spring Freshet
2). (verso of canvas upper left in red) ’62-37
1). A. T. Hibbard Collection / Ledgendsea / Gallery / Rockport / Massachusetts
2). (stamp on canvas) Reproduction Rights Reserved