Five famous paintings with snow

It can be dangerous and make you feel worried, like in an emergency situation. The snow makes you feel serene, like in a meditation. It wants you to play with it, throw balls, make puppets, slide and roll on it. He loves to make you feel happy like a child. It forms when water in the air freezes around nuclei of dust or pollen, and falls when the air temperature is below zero degrees. The ice crystals of the snow, which aggregate to form soft white flakes, arouse different emotions. When you see it slowly descend from the sky, you admire its beauty and its lightness. You like to observe the flakes that create a silent enchanted landscape. When snow accumulates on the ground, nature rests and regenerates, preparing plants and animals for the rebirth of spring. Snow, is a silent poem, a colorless paint, a calligraphy of the soul.

The charm of white, contained within five paintings with snow, involves both the technique and the sensitivity of as many great painters who have tried their hand at depicting the magical winter atmospheres created by snow-covered streets and white landscapes. Snow in art symbolizes many things; symbolically, it evokes purity, loneliness or death, joy, even hope or redemption. There is a category of painters who have included snow and winter landscapes in their works. Peter Bruegel the Elder, for example, a Flemish painter of the 15th and 16th centuries, is considered the master of painting snowy landscapes. Monet, Sisley and Pissarro, French impressionist painters, painted the effects of snow, capturing the light and colors of snowy landscapes. Pio Solero, Luigi Cima and Giovanni Napoleone Pellis, Italian painters from the Venetian and Carnic Dolomites, still celebrated today as snow painters for their ability to represent the magic of snowy landscapes.

Le Givre à Giverny, depicts the frost-covered trees in Giverny, destined to become the cradle of the most innovative compositions in Claude Monet‘s career. The artist moved with his family to that city on the outskirts of Paris in April 1883, and remained there for the rest of his life. The two stylized figures who in the painting are walking near the Ile de Orties in the village are Michel Monet and Jean-Pierre Hoschedé, respectively the artist’s son and stepson. The dynamic management of painting, created in 1885, represents the progression of this painter in the genre of representation of the natural world that will establish him as an avant-garde artist. Observe the representation of this winter scene, let yourself be amazed by the interaction of lights and shadows that transform a portion of territory, considered from the artist’s perspective and descriptive point of view, into a rainbow of colors.

It represents, in your thoughts, being transported by a time machine to a Flemish village of the past, among snow, ice and fog. The winter landscape that surrounds you – an oil on panel dated 1566 and housed in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels – has many skaters and only one bird trap. Observe the people who are distracting themselves from fatigue and worries, giving themselves a good mood on the frozen river; don’t forget to look at the detail of a bird trap, bottom right. Is it a metaphor for human life? Perhaps he too, like the birds, lives in ignorance and carefreeness, without fearing death? Thinking about snow paintings, we invite you to be enchanted by that painting by the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Winter landscape with skaters and bird trap -old-winter-landscape-with-skaters-and-bird-trap-2457, a canvas that masterfully reproduces the autonomous and generalized reality of a typically winter scene.

Above Vitebsk, a painting measuring 73×93 centimeters preserved in the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, fully expresses the personality of Marc Chagall who realized his aspirations there in 1914. Observing this canvas, with my heart suspended between fairy tale and dream, you can see the Russian city of Vitebsk, where he was born in 1887. In the evocative winter atmosphere, a figure above flies to bring gifts to the deserving according to an ancient tradition. The theme of flight, which refers to the idea of a man without roots but anchored to his tradition, is very recurrent in this artist’s painting. He induces you to fly into the dream world, he stimulates you to appreciate the bright colors of the houses and the fence, he wants you to appreciate how the white snow contrasts with everything else.

Famous for trees and Gothic ruins, he loved to paint the morning mists of winter landscapes like this one. In ancient times, the woods were associated with rites of secrecy and initiation, therefore, they were considered untouchable. In the romanticism of the painter Caspar David Friedrich, trees and forests are sacred symbols of longevity and immortality. His 1827 Snow-Covered Cabin, is much more than a winter painting with trees and an abandoned cabin. Take a closer look at this painting which depicts a bare landscape immersed in winter snow. It is a romantic landscape that contains everything there is to know about this artist. You will discover that the colors have the strength to resist the elements of winter, inside that hovel life continues even under the snow.

Here we are, finally, observing a snowy landscape through the eyes of the painter Gustave Caillebot, View of Roofs This beautiful painting, he created in the Impressionist period directs your gaze towards his snow-covered Paris. Diving into the winter atmosphere of an urban landscape, you discover that snow is the protagonist above the roofs. In 1879, when this artist participated in the 4th Impressionist Exhibition, among his works there was also this one. Initially, this work which photographically represents snow in an impressionist style, went almost unnoticed. Perhaps, among the snow and fireplace smoke, it will also give you the urban winter suggestions of a time that no longer exists.

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