This week’s Work of the Week was selected because it’s a familiar scene this time of year—the leaves are changing, and the mornings are misty and cool.
The artist, Alfred Colby Hockings (1895-1957) received his art training from The Art Institute of Chicago, where he later taught. While in Chicago, he designed trademarks for food products and drew cartoons for advertisements. Requiring rest in order to recover from a heart attack, Hockings moved to the low country of South Carolina. In the summertime, Hockings traveled throughout the mountains of North Carolina, painting landscapes like this one.
[Alfred Colby Hockings, Landscape (Western North Carolina), circa 1950, oil on panel, 12 × 16 inches. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. A. Everette James, Jr. 1981.11.21.]