John Fabian Carlson (1874-1945), Winter Willows, 1937, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
John Fabian Carlson, a Swedish-American Impressionist painter, was most well-known for his winter landscapes. Carlson provides a window through the bare trees to the icy river and slick knoll across it. With both this and the dense patches of snow, the wintery air of the New York countryside is biting enough to give even the physically removed viewer chills. Whether you enjoy dressing in your snow gear and heading out to build a snowman, or grabbing yourself a steaming mug of hot chocolate and wrapping yourself in a warm blanket, Carlson’s images evoke strong memories and reactions in the viewer. Come to the MOA this week to pick up a free greeting card of Winter Willows!