Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WINTER SCENES



Along with Anthony Thieme, Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886 – 1972) was an important founding member of the Rockport Art Association. Hibbard had the additional distinction of being a gifted baseball player who was asked to join professional teams. Instead he gave up sports to become a professional artist. He studied art in Massachusetts with contemporaries Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson. Because he showed great talent, he was given a traveling scholarship from the Boston Museum School to study abroad.
(blueheronfa.com)
In 1915, Hibbard became an instructor of painting at Boston University. He painted winter scenes of New England.....especially in Jamaica, Vermont where he acquired a home. He was drawn to the rugged winters there. These winter scenes were where Hibbard excelled as an artist and they garnered him many awards throughout his career.
In 1925, He married Winifred Jackman, a former student. The two purchased a home in Rockport. This home served as Hibbard’s gallery and studio until his death in 1972.
(Armand Cabrera at artandinfluence.blogspot.com)


Winhall River Valley, Vermont
Oil on Board, ca. 1925
From clarkegalleries.com


Loading On
Oil on Canvas, ca. 1925-28
From clarkegalleries.com


Sugar House
Oil on Canvas
From clarkegalleries.com


New England Winter Landscape
Oil on Canvas
From clarkegalleries.com


Farm House in Winter
Oil on Canvas
From clarkegalleries.com


Golden Glow
Oil on Canvas, ca. 1928
From clarkegalleries.com


February Orchard
Oil on Canvas on Board
From clarkegalleries.com


Winter Stream
Oil on Canvas
From clarkegalleries.com


The Red House in Winter, Vermont
Oil on canvas
Property of Edwin Lluberes, Elmhurst, New York
From barridoff.swb-consulting.com


Hibbard discovered the state of Vermont When he was a young man, and his subject matter never strayed far from winter scenes for the next half century. Much of his work depicts Vermont's covered bridges, ox teams, sugar houses and towns tucked down in snowy mountains. Hibbard consistently drew inspiration from winter landscapes--boats abandoned on the shoreline and waiting for the spring thaw, people bundled in wool and cutting ice from a frozen river.
(clarkegalleries.com)
Aldro Hibbard is also known for landscape paintings done around his home in Rockford, Massachusetts, along the New England coastline, and in the Canadian Rockies. He produced a large body of work during a long career, much of it concerned with sensitivity to light and shadow. He spent every winter in that state, painting in the area around the West River Valley. He returned every spring to his studio in Rockport with a car crammed with canvases, many of them painted on doors in the middle of winter and in the Canadian Rockies. He produced a large body of work during a long career, much of it concerned with sensitivity to light and shadow.
(clarkegalleries.com)


Light Across the Valley
Oil on Canvas
From mcdougallfinearts.com


Light Across the Valley (framed)
Oil on Canvas
From mcdougallfinearts.com


Winter in Vermont
Oil on Canvas
From mcdougallfinearts.com


Winter in Vermont (framed)
Oil on Canvas
From mcdougallfinearts.com


South Woods, Rockport
Oil on Canvas
From mcdougallfinearts.com


South Woods, Rockport
Oil on Canvas
From mcdougallfinearts.com


Over the course of his long career, Hibbard created an impressive body of work featuring landscapes, seascapes, and snow scenes. Rendered in a lively, Impressionist style, Hibbard’s paintings are structured by his deep-seated interest in the interplay of light and shadow, which he translated through vivid texture and animated brushwork. Before Hibbard’s death in 1972, his biographer, John L. Cooley, described the picturesque beauty that Hibbard mined from the American landscape:
Many of his pictures record vanished Americana. His rich laboratory is Nature, and he has painted her, not photographically but as she spoke to him…Beauty—realistic beauty—has been Hibbard’s creed, although Yankee-like, he hesitated to proclaim it.
What Cooley illuminates is the synthesis of observation and idealization that informed Hibbard’s work. Despite their dazzling surfaces, Hibbard’s paintings were firmly rooted in his experience of the natural world. Hibbard drew inspiration directly from nature, moving throughout New England to continually refresh his visual inventory.
Hibbard exhibited at Legendsea Studios, his gallery in Rockport, as well as the Corcoran Gallery Biennial, the Boston Art Club, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Artists Professional League. He received several honors during his lifetime, including the Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy of Design, which later named him an Academician, and gold medals from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the American Artists Professional League. Today, his work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art.
(Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972) at questroyalfineart.com)



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