Hibbard’s name became synonymous with paintings of snow, yet his stays in Vermont usually began in late fall, allowing him the opportunity to capture the prismatic colors of the changing leaves.
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In the words of John Cooley, author of the 1968 Hibbard monograph, “Autumn…brought glorious spectacles. [Hibbard] had never seen, until that first October in Vermont, the color applied with so lavish a brush. Cape Cod couldn’t duplicate the oriental carpets spread over the mountains, fields, and valleys. He recorded the festival eagerly, and went back to it every year.” Cooley could easily have been describing West River Valley, Autumn. The painting immediately engages the viewer with its vivid palette and bold brushwork, and reminds us why New England remains a top destination for leaf peeping every fall.
 A. T. Hibbard N.A., Artist in Two Worlds, by John L. Cooley (copyright 1968, by the artist, and in 1996, by the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts), p. 64
By descent through the family of the artist
(verso of canvas upper left in black) 69-158
1). (handwritten label, torn) –Hibbard / [Fen]way Studios / [Bos]ton, Mass.
2). Note attached verso regarding gift of the painting from Hibbard’s daughter to his granddaughter, 2005