Looking for a painting I once borrowed from a library
December 13, 2012 12:45 PM   Subscribe

Painting filter: can you help me track down a painting? I borrowed it from a local public library years ago (they have since stopped loaning out art, don't know why) and can't recall the title or artist.

Here's what I do remember. It is the view from the inside of a building, most likely a barn, through a large open door. It is snowing and there is a man with his back to the viewing, standing and watching the snow. The colors are very muted, grey, dark green, more grey. I get the impression that there may have been a courtyard, and for some reason I also think that it is colonial era (if not when it was painted, then the era being painted). In my memory, it feels almost like a Wyeth, but I don't see it in any inventory. The overall effect is very calming and comforting. I'd love to buy a print for mrMyrtle, but I have to find it first. thanks for suggestions
posted by crepeMyrtle to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
So....was it a print (in which case it might be something like a Wyeth) or an actual painting?

If a painting, it was probably a copy, or maybe an original by an artist not well known. Art loaning by libraries has become very rare.
posted by Miko at 12:50 PM on December 13, 2012

Sorry for the confusion -- the library loaned out prints of paintings, mostly by famous artists. I remember also borrowing a Van Gogh and a Hopper.
posted by crepeMyrtle at 12:56 PM on December 13, 2012

Even if the library doesn't loan art out any more they may have the catalog data. This might be a great question for one of the reference librarians.
posted by aimedwander at 1:22 PM on December 13, 2012 [1 favorite]

This isn't an exact match for your description, but Andrew Wyeth's Outpost is similar to what you've described, except that the person is facing the viewer, not looking away.
posted by jessypie at 1:46 PM on December 13, 2012 [3 favorites]

Yay! that's exactly the one, jessypie! Thank you so much -- apparently, my mind tricked me. Thanks for doing a better search for Wyeth than I was able to. Yay! Now I might have time to buy one for my husband.
posted by crepeMyrtle at 2:39 PM on December 13, 2012

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