With its snow-draped clapboard homes nestled among a hilly setting, Edge of Town, Jeffersonville, Vermont, is a quintessential example of Hibbard’s best work. The inclusion of a logger and oxen navigating an icy road demonstrates the artist's affinity for industrious Vermonters going about their daily tasks.
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Trained at the Boston Museum School, Hibbard carried forth the tenets of traditional academic art into the 20th century. He exhibited widely in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, and launched himself in the Boston art world with a one-man exhibition at the Boston Art Club in 1916. Three years later, a show of his winter scenes at the Guild of Boston Artists received glowing reviews.
Hibbard had long been interested in snow-covered landscapes, and at the recommendation of fellow Boston artist and Fenway Studios resident William J. Kaula, he first traveled to Vermont in 1915 and was immediately taken with the mountains, valleys, and charming residents of the region. By the 1930s, Hibbard established a schedule of spending the winter months in Vermont, and the rest of the year in Rockport, Massachusetts, where he had earlier established the Rockport Summer School of Drawing and Painting. He grew to become a legendary member of the North Shore artists’ colony.
A leader in the community, he remained active in nearby Boston, and in 1965 the Guild of Boston Artists, where Hibbard had exhibited for 45 years, mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work.
Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
To Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 28515, November 1986
To private collection, Newbury, MA, December 1986 to 2009
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 35396, September 2009
To private collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts (and now Seattle, Washington), July 2015 to present
Verso of canvas upper right: #4
- Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 28515
- Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 35396
Edge of Town, Jeffersonville, Vermont
by Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972)
30 x 36 inches
Signed lower left: A. T. HibbardPrice upon request