Series - Art in Winter

Artists divinely know how to capture the light of winter.

Vincent Van Gogh, "The Weeders", 1890.

Paul Klee, "Winter landscape - predominantly violet", 1923.

Pablo Picasso, "Snow Landscape", Circa 1924

Kasimir Malevich, "Village in the morning after a snowstorm", 1912

Nicolas de Staël, "Marseille under the snow", 1954.

Alfred Sisley, "Rue Eugène Moussoir in Moret in winter", 1891

Maurice Utrillo, "The Agile Rabbit in the Snow".

"View of roofs - Snow effect", Gustave Caillebotte, 1878.

Paul Signac, "Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris", 1886.

Claude Monet, "Boulevard Saint-Denis, Argenteuil in winter", 1875.

Pierre Bonnard, "Snowy Landscape, Child In A Hood", 1907.

What a technique to be able to represent snow so well in prints. So no printed white. One of "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1853.

Albert Marquet, "The Pont-Neuf under the snow", 1938.

Claude Monet, "Meules effect of snow", 1891.


Calder pensive on the threshold of his studio scrutinizing his stabiles in the snow.

Zao Wou-Ki, Dancing Snow, 1955

A car, a pretty woman, a sense of leisure, a beautiful light!
No hesitation it's a photo of Jacques-Henri Lartigue, and damn rare because in color. "Florette in Megeve", 1965.
What a brilliant idea the removable 2CV bench seat!

Pieter Bruegel, "Hunters in the Snow" from 1565.
Monet, "The magpie, snow effect", 1869.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful paintings in the world! Without appearing to be so, this modest snowy landscape by Claude Monet, entitled The Magpie, marks the beginning of Impressionism. We are in winter 1868-1869, five years before the official birth of the movement.
Monet seeks to capture the sensation, to render the "effect". Drawing on Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley in his research, Monet takes up the subject of the landscape under the snow following Courbet.

Sun and shadow build the picture and translate the elusive matter half solid half liquid. The impressionist landscape was born, five years before the first official exhibition and the baptism of the movement. The representation of this corner of the countryside of the region of Etretat, made on the motif, gives to see very unusual light and luminous tones, which the critic Félix Fénéon underlined: "[The public] accustomed to the bituminous sauces that cook the cooks of the schools and academies, the light paint stunned him".
The novelty and audacity of Monet's bias, more preoccupied with perception than description, explains the refusal of the canvas by the jury of the Salon of 1869.
Alfred Sisley, "Snow at Port-Marly", 1872.
Utagawa Hiroshige in "Snowy Night at Kambara", 1833.
Claude Monet, The cart. Road under the snow in Honfleur (detail), circa 1867.
Vincent van Gogh, "Landscape in the Snow", 1888
Paul Gauguin, "Breton Village in the Snow", circa 1894.
Francisco de Goya, "Winter", 1786.
Vincent van Gogh, "Old Cemetery in the Snow", 1885
Brr, it's dismal! Fortunately, van Gogh freed himself from technical and historical constraints and produced the last years of his life immensely. The first painting in my series bears witness to the fantastic evolution of his art.
And I end with the oldest work in my series:
The month of February in "The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry".
One of the most beautiful books in history, commissioned by the Duke of Berry from the brothers of Limbourg around 1410. Thanks to this fundamental book, we know life in the Middle Ages.