Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter landscapes and snowy scenes of yesteryear...

I am sitting here with a foot of snow outside my front door, looking at Victorian paintings of snowy, wintery landscapes...

 Christmas Eve by John Everett Millaissigned with monogram and dated 1887 l.l., oil on canvas, 155 by 130cm.; 61 by 51½in.
ESTIMATE 300,000 - 400,000 GBP, McLean's Gallery, London, 1888. Engraved by Robert Walker MacBeth and published by Thomas McLean in 1889

'Perhaps the deepest feeling of which he was capable appeared in the few pictures that he painted of actual winter. In his renderings of snow he displayed a degree of vigour that was peculiarly dramatic and admirably in keeping with the storm and stress of the winter season.'
A.L. BALDRY, SIR JOHN EVERETT MILLAIS BART, PRA, HIS ART AND INFLUENCE, 1899

'There is a touch of poetry in the air, as the setting sun lights up the windows of the castle and leaves the snow cool in colour, varied with a hundred tints.' M.H. SPIELMANN, MILLAIS AND HIS WORKS, 1898

 Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind by John Everett Millais

Snow and Mist by John Atkinson Grimshaw

In the Winter by John Atkinson Grimshaw (I can relate to her right now!)

Snow Effect, Giverny by Claude Monet 1892-3

 Boulevard Haussmann in the Snow ~ Gustave Caillebotte, 1879-1881

 The Magpie by Claude Monet (my favorite winter Monet painting)

 Winter by Laura Alma-Tadema

Late Afternoon, New York, Winter by Childe Hassam, 1859-1935,

Boston Twilight by Childe Hassam
 
 


7 comments:

Kevin Marsh said...

Wow, lovely paintings.
I've only ever been to Giverny in the summer and its a beautiful place.
There is an American museum here which has a gallery of beautiful paintings by American artists. If you ever go don't buy coffee from there, it's disgusting! :-(

Pamela De Leon said...

A delightful collection of winter scenes!

Kimberly Eve said...

Hi Kevin,
I could just add beautiful wintery paintings for eons! I've never been to Giverny but I hope to visit one day! I'd love to know more about that American museum. Thanks for the tip. I'll buy tea instead ;)

Hi Pamela,
I had to restrain myself and pick some of my very favorites.So happy you stopped by :)

Hels said...

I don't like cold weather, snow, sludge or any other aspect of northern winter (at least in my personal life). My family came from Russia and as a young child, my head was filled with notions of lost children, hungry children, frozen ground that the animals couldn't work etc etc

But harsh extremes in weather make for splendid art. Your two paintings by Childe Hassam would have been "just" lovely townscapes that had been done by lots of artists before. The vast expanse of white, the stark trees etc make these paintings memorable.

Kimberly Eve said...

Hi Hels,
I don't like the winter at all but we must put up with it unless you move to some tropical island! I agree with you about harsh extremes in weather making splendid art! I just love Childe Hassam's paintings. Its so wonderful to see my own city captured so beautifully and realistically in days gone by! Happy New Year and thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

Exquisite paintings and a sparkling blog .

Sincere Regards ,

Jason Leary

P.S. It is great to meet a person who savors the winter scenes of Childe Hassam .

Kimberly Eve said...

Hi Jason,
Thanks for stopping by and the lovely compliment! I love the paintings of Childe Hassam, especially!

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