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Willard L. Metcalf

Maytime

(Lowell, Massachusetts, 1858 - 1925)

1909-1914

Oil fabric

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw

1955.35

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"Maytime," wrote Metcalf, “has always been a favorite of mine, in as much as I felt that I had succeeded in getting some of the elusiveness of that beautiful spring morning.” This painting exemplifies Metcalf’s ability to render the character of the individual seasons through careful observation in nature. Assigning a transcendent quality to Metcalf’s paintings, one critic explained, “He would do more than paint the portrait of a place. He would so interpret it that it disclosed the essence of our countryside everywhere.”

Marks

signed recto, "W.L.Metcalf" in oil LL

Keywords
Marsh
American
Sky
Rural
American
Mountains
Trees
Spring
Clouds
Impressionism