Bruce Crane is a celebrated and renowned American landscape painter of autumnal and twilight scenes with a particular fondness for depicting seasonal views, often choosing unassuming points in nature. Applying both light and dark tone in low-key pigments of mauve, russet and brown, Crane succeeds in an effect that emphasizes the bleakness and desolateness of winter tide’s sleeping vegetation.
Snowy Landscape at Dusk is from one of the best periods of his artistic career. Crane had a way of doing snow laden landscape contrasted by yellow skies at sunset that strike a chord with any viewer. This is a fleeting time of day but one which when experienced, is moving and its understandable that Crane wished to capture it on canvas. It was probably painted circa 1910 – 1920. Crane was doing snow scenes earlier than this but this has the transitional movement going toward his impressionist work. He had strongly been influenced by French Barbizon artists and that is clearly evident in this painting. He painted in Bronxville and maintained a home there all his life while summering in Old Lyme. It can be assumed that this was painted in the Bronxville environs.
Provenance: Private collection, Santa Barbara, CA
Spanierman Gallery, NY
Private collection, Bedford, NY