Path through the snow under golden skies signed 'W.L. Palmer' (lower left) oil on canvas 30 x 18in
PROVENANCE: The Gavit family, New York, by 1930 Private collection, Santa Barbara, California, gift from the above, probably 1933 By descent to the present owner
Walter Launt Palmer, most well-known for his snowy landscapes, was an Albany, New York native. Son of prominent American sculptor, Erastus Dow Palmer, he was exposed to the arts at a young age. As a teenager and young adult, Palmer studied with portraitist Charles Loring Elliot and Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church notably, Church's only student. The young artist's interests appear to have aligned with Church's aesthetic, since he would go on to embrace landscape painting throughout the remainder of his career. His interests in light and color were notable and typical of this period of American Art.