Icebound

Winter landscape painting with rocky stream lined by orange leafed trees
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Winter landscape painting with rocky stream lined by orange leafed trees

Date:

c. 1889

Artist:

John Henry Twachtman
American, 1853–1902

About this artwork

During the last decade of his life, John Henry Twachtman frequently painted views of the landscape surrounding his home on Round Hill Road in Greenwich, Connecticut. In a departure from typically barren images of winter, he enjoyed depicting the beauty of the frozen terrain, believing that it was conducive to contemplation and regeneration. The dense, gradually built-up layers of paint in Icebound mimic the accumulation of snow on frozen ground, and the sinuous curves that define the snow and ice against the water suggest movement in an otherwise tranquil environment. Almost square in format, the painting’s harmonious composition exemplifies Twachtman’s opinion that “never is nature more lovely than when it is snowing.”

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

John Henry Twachtman

Title

Icebound

Origin

Connecticut

Date

1889

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right : "J. H. Twachtman"

Dimensions

64. 2 × 76.6 cm (25 1/4 × 30 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1917.200

Extended information about this artwork

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