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Isla Phillips-Ewen 9 November 2023
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As Autumn slowly begins, delve with us into paintings that center the season. Along the way discover other DailyArt Magazine articles to get you excited for those red and golden hues.
The most evocative part of Autumn is the metamorphosing color of trees. David Hockney regularly returns to paint the same scene throughout the changing year. Below is a taste of Hockney’s vision of the season, evoking the excitement when the leaves start to turn golden and the joy at the sound of their crunch towards the end of Autumn.
David Hockney, Autumn Leaves, 2008, private collection. Artist’s website.
David Hockney, Early November Tunnel, 2006, private collection. Artist’s website.
David Hockney, Woldgate Woods, 2006, private collection. Artist’s website.
On the other side of the globe, Japan celebrates Autumn with the magnificent red of the maple tree in particular. See how the explosive red is matched with a fierce river? Or how the delicate shape of the leaf shows of the red tones?
More stunning leaves to wade through:
John Everett Millais, Autumn Leaves, 1855, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
Childe Hassam, Autumn Boulevard, Paris, private collection. Christie’s.
Gustav Klimt, Birch Forest I, 1902, private collection. WikiArt.
As well as the beautiful maple, discover delicate Japanese autumnal flowers, such as those in front of a full moon by Utagawa Hiroshige ( 歌川 広重), who is known as the last master of woodblock printing, or those in the compositional arrangement by Sakai Hōitsu. You can see more autumnal Japanese works in this article. The waka poem in Kenzan’s painting reads:
A thousand flower varieties disperse their collective charms of scent and color through the field’s dew.
Autumn Flowerbaskets, 18th century.
Utagawa Hiroshige, Autumn flowers in front of full moon, 1853, private collection. WikiArt.
Sakai Hōitsu, Autumn Plants and Quail, 19th century, Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Ogata Kenzan, Autumn Flowerbaskets, 18th century, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan.
Paul Klee, Herbstblumen Stilleben (Still life with autumn flowers), 1925, private collection. WikiArt.
Apples, pumpkins, chestnuts… The fruit and flavors of the season feature abundantly in art. See for yourself:
Be sure to explore our article on autumnal still lifes!
Trot across the globe with this abundant selection of autumnal landscapes from a variety of countries.
Isaac Levitan, Golden Autumn, Slobodka, 1889, The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Lin Fengmian, Autumn Landscape, 1977-8, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong.
Vincent van Gogh, Appel Orchard with Lime Tree Behind the Mensingh Inn in Zweeloo (Coevorden), 1881, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Edward Hopper, October on Cape Cod, 1946, private collection. The Art Wolf.
Egon Schiele, Four Trees, 1917, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.
Claude Monet, Autumn Effects at Argenteuil, 1873, Courtauld Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK.
Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn on the Hudson, c. 1860, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Two great masters of traditional 20th-century Chinese painting, Qi Baishi and Huang Binhong, are the tutors of Li Keran. This painting shows a river and a flow of bright red trees cascading down a mountain. It takes inspiration from the epic poem Qin Yuan Chun-Changhsa by Mao. The powerful panoramic image reflects the pride of the period that saw rapid development in the country.
In contrast to the vivid scene of southern China this depiction of Abisko in Sweden features a totally still mountain lake. The birches at the front of the image have shed most of their golden leaves. Which vision of this magnificent season do you prefer?
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