With winter officially here, it’s time to celebrate the beauty of the season through art! From Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Hunters in the Snow” and John Whorf’s “Winter, East Boston”, to Alexander Volkov’s “Daybreak”, we can see examples of what makes winter a great season. Camaraderie, ice-skating, sunsets over the snowfall—these are things that make the coldest months of the year enjoyable.

Here is an assortment of some of our favorite winter pieces from the past:

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "The Hunters in the Snow"

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: “The Hunters in the Snow”

With all of the rich colors in this painting, you can really get a sense of the chilly environment surrounding the subjects as they head out on their day of hunting.

 

John Whorf: "Winter, East Boston"

John Whorf: “Winter, East Boston

The watercolor brushstrokes of this piece create a wonderful energy that helps to accentuate the fun the children are having on the ice.

 

Childe Hassam: "A Winter Fairyland"

Childe Hassam: “A Winter Fairyland”

Perhaps using yellows and oranges to paint a winter scene may be unconventional, but it creates a really interesting atmosphere that makes you automatically think of late afternoon flurry.

 

And here are some from our own artists:

Alexander Volkov: "Daybreak"

Alexander Volkov: “Daybreak”

With the outstanding use of complementary colors, Volkov has really made this winter scene inviting to the viewer. It seems to be a space that is perfectly at peace.

 

Alexei Butirskiy: "Boulevard at Midnight"

Alexei Butirskiy: “Boulevard at Midnight”

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down in this European city and we can just take a moment to admire the lights against the nightly snowfall.

 

Michelle Courier: "Winter Light"

Michelle Courier: “Winter Light”

The way that Michelle places her brushstrokes to create her landscape paintings is truly an amazing thing to behold up close. With such a range of colors in this painting, you can really feel the winter sunlight sifting in through the tree branches as it begins its slow decent in the sky.