Stormy snow drifts, shards of blue ice, changing landscapes dusted and draped in shimmering white.
These are just a few of my favourite things when I take in the views of a fresh Winter landscape! To spread the season joy and collective hope of a white Christmas, I have brought together 6 Winter scenes to get you in the festive mood.
by Laurits Anderson Ring
Stark, minimalist and modern, Ring’s monochromatic winter scene is of the Zealand village in Denmark where he lived. It’s visibly brooding and Scandinavian-esque. Step into a bitter Nordic winter in Room 41 at the National Gallery, London.
by J.M.W. Turner
A fierce snow storm advances on Hannibal and his army in Turner’s epic painting. This menacing snow drift sweeps across the landscape highlighting nature’s unpredictable force and its wielding power over us.
by David Hockney
Proof that colour can be found in the depths of Winter! Hockney repeated this rural scene at different times of the day, at different times of the year with his characteristic bold and vibrant colour palette.
In the Wild North
by Ivan Shishkin
To me, this painting is the epitome of Winter. The fluffy, glittering white snow in the wilderness of somewhere like Scandinavia or expansive Russia, where the snow never melts and nature is just frozen in time. Bliss. I’m half expecting the Ice Queen of Narnia to come shooting across the snow with her box of Turkish delight to tempt us.
by Caspar David Friedrich
I couldn’t create a list of Winter scenes without including a bit of Friedrich. Full of religious symbolism, we see a desperate man abandoning his crutches and praying to the cross. The eeriness of the Gothic church emerging from the mist gives us hope in this desolate landscape. Make the treacherous journey to Room 45 in the National Gallery to see this painting.
by Peter Doig
It’s like Doig had blended a Neapolitan ice cream and let it melt onto the canvas to create this beautiful, liquefied mountainous scene for us to enjoy. The pinks and golden yellows allow us to appreciate the unseen colours that can thaw and dribble out from under the snow.