The Sugar House

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Merrill Coffin’s “The Sugar House.” The painting captures the essence of a serene winter day in the woods, where rolling snowy hills unfold before your eyes. Nestled in this wintry landscape is a charming barn with an attached sugar house, emanating warmth with smoke billowing from its chimney, signaling the bustling maple season.

The hills, blanketed in pristine snow, lead the viewer’s gaze to a figure in a vibrant yellow and red coat walking towards the sugar house. This skilled maple harvester carries a yoke on his shoulder, expertly balancing two full pails destined for the sugaring process. Adorned in blue jeans, duck boots, a red hat, and gloves, he is accompanied by a loyal golden retriever eagerly following him to the sugar shack.

Drawing nearer into the scene, another figure in striking red attire moves toward the sugar house, adding a dynamic element to the composition. The sky, painted in warm grey tones, seamlessly blends into a canvas of red brush strokes, casting a serene ambiance over the winter scene. On the right side of the painting, majestic maple trees stand tall, adorned with syrup pails, ready to contribute to the seasonal bounty.

Merrill Coffin’s ‘The Sugar Shack’  invites you to step into a world where the beauty of nature and maple sugaring traditions converge, creating a captivating and heartwarming visual narrative.


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