Impressionistic landscape with snow and winding brownish-colored brook; small saplings with green leaves; purple mountain in distance; pink, yellow and orange foliage in middle ground

Brook in Winter, 1914

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2016 Accession Highlight

E. Ambrose Webster was thrilled by the effects of light and was an attentive observer of nature. He was an influential teacher and spent considerable time as a member of the Provincetown (Massachusetts) art colony, working in the open air among other artists and younger students. He was considered a leading modernist in the United States during the 1910s and exhibited in the Armory Show, a vast 1913 exhibition that introduced modern European art to a U.S. audience. This painting shows Webster’s careful observation of sunset effects on a winter day. Slashes of purple and searing orange suggest the long rays of the sun transformed by the brittle forest.

This painting is a gorgeous example of Webster’s work and was prized in his lifetime by other artists and critics. This is the first work by the artist to enter Mia’s collection and, more generally, one of the first examples showing the influence of Fauvism on U.S. artists.

Impressionistic landscape with snow and winding brownish-colored brook; small saplings with green leaves; purple mountain in distance; pink, yellow and orange foliage in middle ground