- The large boulder in Twachtman’s composition looks soft and nearly weightless—the opposite of Childe Hassam’s Cliff Rock—Appledore, also in this gallery.
- The harmony of gentle, low-keyed colors was characteristic of Twachtman’s work as a “master of nuance.” The network of brushstrokes and rhythmic contours of his composition enhance the dream-like atmosphere of this view of the hemlock pool on the artist’s Connecticut farm.
- American art critics in his day compared his depiction of light and air to that of the French Impressionist Claude Monet. However, they felt that his quiet scenes were more “poetic” than Monet’s, a visual equivalent to reading the work of American poet Henry David Thoreau.
Probably owned by the Estate of John Herron, purchased from the Inaugural Exhibition by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis Indiana, now the Museum of Art, in 1906.