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From a snowy bank, we look across a river that curves from the lower left corner of the painting in a backward C shape toward a cluster of butter-yellow and peanut-brown buildings in the distance in this almost square landscape. The scene is loosely painted with visible brushstrokes throughout. Bare trees, painted with slashes of slate gray and lavender purple, line the bank ahead of us and cluster around and behind the buildings. Along the right edge of the canvas, the trees closest to us reach high into a milky, dove-gray sky that fills the top third of the composition. Bare patches of earth painted in mustard and caramel brown dot the ground directly in front of us and follow the edge of stream as it recedes. On the left, clumps of wheat-colored strokes suggest dried vegetation scattered across the snowy field between us and the buildings. Trees on both sides are sparsely dotted with golden yellow to suggest leaves. Small hills rising beyond the cluster of buildings are covered in more bare trees, dotted with a few evergreens and silhouetted against the gray sky. The tangled branches of a fallen tree in the middle distance jut into the glassy, pewter-gray water, which reflects the gray sky and trees. The artist has signed the painting in the lower right corner, “E W Redfield.”

Edward Willis Redfield, The Mill in Winter, 1921, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund), 2014.136.16

The Art of Looking

Edward Willis Redfield, The Mill in Winter

  • Friday, December 3, 2021
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Registration Required
  • Virtual Program

In the spirit of the winter season, Edward Willis Redfield's The Mill in Winter is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.

Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.

Live Captions

Live captions (CART) are available in some breakout rooms for this program. Please contact [email protected] to request access or for more information.