Oil on board
9 3/4 x 8 1/2in (24.8 x 21.6cm)
Gift of C. Thomas Wright
Scholars thought for years that this painting, with its jagged gray and brown shapes jutting above a low horizon, was a mountain landscape. Recently, researchers discovered an entry in Torr's diary in which she wrote about painting dirty icicles from the eaves of her house. Ice is not a landscape at all, but instead, a still life created by an artist who could not afford to buy more traditional and expensive still life elements. Rather, she found beauty in whatever was free and close at hand: shells, rocks, feathers, and most resourcefully, icicles.
© Estate of Helen Torr, with the permission of John and Diane Rehm
Helen Torr (b.1886, d.1967)