The North Country

Artist: Willard Metcalf (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1858–1925 New York)

Date: 1923

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 40 x 45 1/4 in. (101.6 x 114.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.60


After about 1900 Metcalf devoted himself to painting the woodlands and mountains of Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. "The North Country," the sort of seasonal landscape for which he received national acclaim, reveals his skill in capturing subtle color and light. The broad view, rendered in a rapid, sketchy manner in a palette suited to a late autumn or a winter day, portrays the village of Perkinsville, Vermont, nestled in the sloping countryside below Hawks Mountain. The Black River flows through pasture in the foreground, its smooth waters echoing the overall tranquility of the scene.