Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932)

  • WALTER LAUNT PALMER (1854‒1932)
  • The First Snow, 1898
  • Oil on canvas
  • 16 x 24 inches
  • Signed lower right

The First Snow is an early and excellent example of the magical snow scenes for which Palmer became so well-known. His use of blue in the rendering of shadows on snow was revolutionary and very influential. A true colorist, Palmer also employs pinks and lavenders to convey the sun's effects on the snow, while still maintaining a sense of its pure whiteness. Using tonal contrasts, he builds a chiseled sculpture out of the fallen snow. The artist would go on to paint numerous winter landscapes, each simultaneously conveying the snow's softness and its grandeur.

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