A retrospective, generic painting of a New York Central freight train passing through a "Whistle Stop" on a snowy winter day, probably intended to be around 1940. The engineer waives to the crossing-gate operator, who raises his heavily mittened arm in salute. A posh green car waits on the right for the trainn to pass, and a lighted window, with shade askew, shows in the station on the right. A smoke plume and a steam plume escape from the locomotive, and snow blows horizontally from the locomotive and tender, indicating speed. In the background, a mansardic, red-brick commercial structure appears, with the suggestion that it was a railroad hotel from the 1870s.
Robert Addison occasionally painted commercially as an illustrator for railroads.
A thoughtfully composed work of art, well balanced in color and elements. The palette is surprisingly rich, with grays, yellows, whites, greens, reds, and browns. The smoke, steam, arms, and blowing snow provide unexpected motion.You can feel the small town in late afternoon in winter. Addison drew his figures in a regionalist style, appropriate for a midwestern artist.