Signed lower left: J. H. Twachtman
Oil paint on canvas.
John Henry Twachtman was, above all else, a painter of nature, and it was the winter landscape that most attracted him. The appeal of nature "wrapped in a mantle" of snow must surely have been, in part, the oppportunity it offered the painter to deal with the subtleties of white; in this analytical interest in optical sensation Twachtman is properly associated with Impressionism. The evocative character of his paintings, however, communicates an emotional responsivness that distinguishes his work from the more systematic manner and emotional neutrality of his French contemporaries. Twachtman rarely traveled to find subjects, preferring familiar landscapes; Snowbound depicts the family home near Greenwich, Connecticut, that he designed and helped to build.
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