Willard Leroy Metcalf: May Pastoral (1907)

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Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925) May Pastoral signed and dated ‘W.L. Metcalf – 1907’ (lower left) oil on canvas 36 x 39 in. (91.4 x 99 cm.), Image Source: Christie’s

“Critics lauded Willard Leroy Metcalf for his ability to capture the spirit of the New England landscape in a uniquely American style. In May Pastoral, Metcalf conveys the quiet energy of spring in a realistic depiction of the Old Lyme, Connecticut countryside. The artist first visited the artists’ colony of Old Lyme in 1903 at the invitation of friend and fellow artist Childe Hassam. Inspired by the lush meadows and rolling hills, he returned for the summers of 1905 through 1908…These lyrical compositions demonstrated a stylistic maturity not seen in his Maine works of the year before. “His brushwork and color harmonies matured and diversified; his subjects and compositions became more varied.” (R.J. Boyle, et al., Willard Metcalf: Yankee Impressionist, New York, 2003, p. 22)…His attention to light, short brushstrokes and pastel palette all recall Metcalf’s time in Giverny, while the attention to detail and composition–demonstrated by the slant of the hill to the left, the vertical expanse created by budding trees against the river beyond, leading the viewer back into the work–stem from Metcalf’s love of the New England landscape. This synthesis results in a distinctly American approach that characterizes much of Metcalf’s work.”


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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Once again I’ve discovered a picture you listed that I’ve completely forgotten about, even though I spent a lot of time studying Metcalf’s palette a long time ago. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure, always, Friedrich. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂


  2. johntodaro says:

    I’m especially drawn to the sky in this one: a neutral hue which provides such wonderful color harmony. Lovely!

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    1. That sky is magical to me. I didn’t appreciate the layering of color until I magnified the image. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, John. 🙂

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  3. Ana Daksina says:

    It’s a lucky person who is loved by you!

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    1. Your kindness overwhelms me, Ana. Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️🙏


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  4. davidmoncada77 says:

    Bonito espacio. Un cordial saludo 🌞

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  5. A lovely ethereal painting.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂🌺


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