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. In his early canvases, Hibbard practiced a similar technique that produced a delicate pointillist feeling, which he called “broken color.”
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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 and those of neighboring New Hampshire, attest to the artist’s love for painting in harsh conditions. Winter, Vermont is an excellent example demonstrating his flair for composition as he employed a series of diagonals to bring the viewer’s eyes into and through the landscape to the snow- and tree-topped mountains of his adopted state.
Private collection, Newburyport, Massachusetts
1). (stamp verso) APR201950
2). (on frame) Clarke Gallery, Rockland, Maine, with painting description