Willard LeRoy Metcalf
The White Veil
Willard LeRoy Metcalf, American, The White Veil, 1909, Oil on canvas; 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 inches), Gift of Mrs. Gustav Radeke 20.293
Trained at the Boston Museum School and then in Paris, Metcalf exhibited with the Ten, an association of American painters who embraced French Impressionist techniques. In The White Veil, he employed small, broken brushstrokes and a limited tonal range to evoke a winter view near his studio at Cornish, New Hampshire. A contemporary critic remarked that “the colors of the world beyond show through the veil.” The composition’s zig-zag structure, a convention for moving the eye through space, is contained by a square format and flattened by a scrim of falling snow, an effect that also mutes the palette of the landscape.