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Wardsboro Brook, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 32, Signed
Curator's Comments: He was born to be a painter, but he wanted to play ball. And Aldro
Hibbard (1886-1972) received offers from the big leagues. But painting won out—and
benefited from his talented hand and eye. Hibbard taught summer classes at his studio in
Bearskin Neck from 1920 to 1950. Later he set up a studio in East Jamaica, Vermont. From
1915, he was also an instructor in the Art Dept. of Boston Univ. We emphasize his teaching
because we believe Hibbard was his own best student. His work grew in expressive power up
until his eyes failed around 1950—and most important impressionism became truly his own.
His canvas flattened, a cartoon element appeared, and his brushwork changed dramatically
to create a unique impressionism with a hard edge.  Hibbard was close with the Rockport
painters, a friend of Anthony Thieme, and also of Lester Stevens from the Berkshires. He
certainly knew the Grupe’s father and son. But we believe his work is closest to John Fabian
Carlson’s, where we see the same kind of pictorial growth. Both men painted winter
landscapes, covered bridges and snowy towns in the mountains—with a particular emphasis
on the flowing stream within the snowsc
ape. Vermont was the locale of many impressionistic
winter landscapes for which Hibbard is best known.
THIS IS THE SINGLE BEST OF HIS
WARDSBORO WORKS! The brook drains into the West River (another favorite) in
southern Vermont, between Mt. Snow and Stratton. Hibbard was to dramatically shape a
post-impression that continues to aptly translate the meaning of the scenes he chose to
paint.  He was so adept at painting snow scenes, a review in the Boston Globe for the 1918
Guild of Boston Artists exhibition noted: “Hibbard is a realist; you feel the reality of
everything he paints, but the sentiment, the poetry is there also. Others paint snow that
looks like white paint streaked with blue and yellow. Hibbard paints snow that never looks
like anything else but snow...he is...more subtle and more penetrating in his observation of
delicate nuances of gray, [and] the phenomenon of light on snow.” Hibbard’s growing
sensitivity to light is dominant in Wardsboro Brook, and with it is the power to make the
brook turn white into water--put your ear to the canvas and listen. We are pleased to offer
one of Hibbard’s masterpiece later works, which are more about art’s relationship to nature
and less about Currier & Ives. Our comparative images say as much as well.
Here the West River brought $90,000
Hibbard ca. 1930
Masterpiece late work with same motif
Hibbard was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts on August 25, 1886. Son of a Cape Cod
sewing machine salesman and a spiritualist mother, Aldroandus Thompson Hibbard was
named after a sixteenth-century Bolognese artist and naturalist, Ulysses Aldrovandi. After
his graduation from high school, he entered the Massachusetts Normal Art School and
studied painting under Joseph DeCamp and Ernest Lee Major. He  continued his studies
with Edmund Tarbell, Philip Hale and Frank Benson at the Boston Museum School in 1910,
and was awarded the prestigious Paige Traveling Scholarship just a few years later.  In
Europe, Hibbard found inspiration in the luminous works of Monet, Sisley and Pissaro.
“Monet,” he said, “made sense. I liked his color separation and the effects he got with it,
especially in handling light, and I decided that broken color was for me.” His travels were
cut short by War Word I, and he returned to America in 1914. After his return, he began to
work at the Fenway Studios during the summers, and traveled to Vermont during the winter
months, painting the snowy hillsides with thickly applied colors. His works were exhibited
regularly at the Boston Art Club, the St. Botolph Club, and in New York at Grand Central
Art Galleries. Hibbard first visited the popular art community of Rockport in 1919, and
established the Rockport Summer School of Drawing and Painting, or the Hibbard School,
just a year later.  Hibbard was a permanent resident of Rockport, where he taught for nearly
30 years, and was a founder of the Rockport Art Association. His work is included in
collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and in the
Smithsonian. Hibbard was recognized, and won the first Hallgarten Prize at the National
Academy of Design, and the Sesnan Gold Medal at the Pennsylvania Academy.
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HIBBARD'S MASTERPIECE WARDSBORO
BROOK IS AS COLD AS IT LOOKS