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Spring in the Valley

Title: Spring in the Valley
Artist: Metcalf, Willard Leroy   
Date of Work: c. 1924
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 26 1/8 x 29 1/8 in (66.4 x 74 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed
Inscription Location: lower right
Inscription Text: W.L.METCALF
Acquisition Information: Gift of the White House Historical Association
Acquisition Number: 979.1401.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"Spring in the Valley [was] probably painted near Chester, Vermont . . . . From a sloping meadow we look down and across a tranquil valley, . . . framed with farm buildings and rising hills and backed with the benevolent shape of the humpback mountain. . . . "Above the valley the robin's-egg blue sky and windblown clouds amplify the mood of quiet elation. . . . The still unfolding season is seen with a tree in pink and white blossom in the left foreground (the white is the exposed right primer), balanced by an undefined burst of white at the right edge."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 257
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: landscapes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 149
Date (chronological sort): 1924