Sunlight on Snow, circa 1927
Oil on canvas, 24 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches
Signed Leith-Ross lower left
Signed twice and titled Leith-Ross Sunlight on Snow on stretcher
Early 20th-Century American Frame
Private Collection, Rockport, Vermont (probably), purchased at the PAFA Annual Exhibition, 98th Annual Exhibition, 1927
Newman Galleries, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
CIGNA Museum and Art Gallery, Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 98th Annual Exhibition, 1927, no. 18
Fort Lauderdale, American Impressionism: The New Hope Circle, 1984-85
Buckingham, Pennsylvania, Bianco Gallery, The Byers' Annual Bucks Fever Art Exhibition: An Exhibition of Bucks County Impressionists from the CIGNA Museum and Art Collection, 1994
Catalog, 12th Floor Artwork, Philadelphia: INA, June 1972, p. 43,
Hunter, Sam, American Impressionism: The New Hope Circle, Fort Lauderdale, 1984, p. 6.
Exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1927, Sunlight on Snow was painted down the road from the artist’s home in Bucks County. A leading figure in the New Hope Circle of Pennsylvania Impressionists, Harry Leith-Ross was noted for working from nature in all sorts of weather.
The artist applies a heavy impasto with vigorous brushwork to impart a spontaneous richness and masculine energy to the painting’s surface, combining a freshness of observation with a bracing sense of atmosphere in this bright, sparkling scene.