Hibbard, Aldro (1886 - 1972)

Riverdale on Cape Ann

Riverdale on Cape Ann






Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Aldro Hibbard was an Impressionist landscape painter of the New England countryside. He was raised in Dorchester and Boston and spent most of his summers in Boston and Cape Cod and was a principal founder and the most famous member of the Rockport Art Association which now occupies his former studio.

Hibbard studied at the Boston Museum School with Edmund Tarbell, Joseph DeCamp, and Frank Benson. In Boston from 1927 to 1929, he occupied Fenway Studios.

Hibbard won the Paige Traveling Scholarship to study abroad, though his travels were cut short by World War I , and he returned to America in 1914.  In the early 1920s, he became a summer resident of Cape Ann and wintered in Jamaica, Vermont in the West River Valley.  There he painted many rural snowscenes including oxen pulling wagons, covered bridges, and sugar houses .  Much of his large body of work, concerned with light and shadow, depicts Vermont landscape, New England coastlines, and the Canadian Rockies. From 1915, he was also an instructor in the Art Department of Boston University.

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