The Beauty and Wonder of Snow Paintings
Take a look at the magnificence of winter with these five good-looking snow paintings. This gathering of snowy scenes demonstrates how unique and interesting a snow-filled scene can be. Many were painted by famous painters you will know, in addition a few of our staff favorites are included.
When you are prepared to put your very own turn on snow painting, be sure to consider Steven Quiller’s Acrylic Landscapes Painting Workshop. Quiller, a best artist and educator, goes over how to make the most of “winter white” with acrylics, and how to incorporate painting from life into your process.
January by Grant Wood
It’s no surprise that Grant Wood’s snow artistic creations include the Iowa cornfields he knew so well. In any case, these hills, throwing dull shadows, appear to be unfriendly and practically threatening.
The indications of life as the animal prints in the snow don’t do a lot to reduce the foreboding atmosphere however there is a serious beauty in the limited color palette used for the work of painting. The repitition of the corn stacks as they vanish off into the distance is almost hypnotizing.
Breton Village in the Snow by Paul Gauguin
The simplified states of the architecture in this snowy cityscape soften the composition. The warm strokes of color in the frontal area snow and in the sky further that feeling. There are no indications of life but then overall this painting feels welcoming and calm.
The Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
Did you know that this winter landscape is the largest painting that Winslow Homer ever completed? It is also thought by many critics to be the artist’s masterpiece and most successful work.
Caught mid-leap in the foreground, and almost abstracted in quite a striking way, is a nimble fox treading through deep snow. Shadowy crows loom in the top right area of the painting, “hunting” the fox.
The Magpie by Claude Monet
There’s something almost heartrending about this painting by Claude Monet. Winter leave many of us feeling small and frail, just like the little magpie sitting on that crooked gate. But the beauty and texture of Monet’s landscape remind us to find the glory and wonder of this time of the year.
Winter Sunset by Birge Harrison
In his 1909 book, Landscape Painting, Birge Harrison describes color as “dancing” in nature. The artist was especially fascinated with the subtle colors that suffuse a winter landscape. His snow paintings, of which there are many, highlight this love of opalescent color.
In this painting, Harrison painted the pinks and purples of a winter sunset reflected in the broken ice of an expansive body of water. According to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “the dark boats trapped by the frozen water and the pale colors evoke an environment that is both harsh and beautiful.”