Southern Spring

Southern Spring


Hobson Pittman

(American, 1899–1972)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 80 x 117 cm (31 1/2 x 46 1/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1943.63



In 1943, the artist Hobson Pittman wrote to William M. Milliken, then director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, to express his pleasure that this work had been purchased by the museum. He explained that "the canvas you have one that I enjoyed painting very much indeed. It came after a visit with my family in North Carolina several years ago. I remember so well as I went down on the train, drinking in every bit of the landscape from the windows, noticing the flowering trees becoming fuller and fuller as I got nearer to my home. The yellow and reddish browns in the earth against the many tones and shades of greens and the blooming trees made me want to stop, then and there, and start painting. But that was not possible until my return. So from memory and imagination, the painting was done."

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