December 18, 2017
Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936), Giverny– Trees, Wind, and Snow, 1892, oil on canvas on board, 24 x 25 3/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of James H. Jackson, 1976.
In this wintery scene from the MOA collection, Butler’s loose brushstrokes suggest the motion of the wind, uniting the ground, trees, and sky in a swirling pattern of soft color. Butler painted in Giverny, a small village northwest of Paris that was the home of Claude Monet. He became well acquainted with the famous French Impressionist, taking up permanent residence in Giverny following his marriage to Monet’s stepdaughter in 1892.