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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Snowy Landscape Paintings to Enjoy

Rachel Witte 21 December 2020 min Read

Snow. You either love it, or hate it. Are you able to picture a fresh snow fall in your mind? Or is it falling outside your window as you read this article? Either way, there is nothing quite like the feeling of existing in the same time as a fresh snow fall. It stops us in our busy lives, sometimes shutting down whole cities around the world. Bringing ‘normal’ lives to a standstill, causing us to either enjoy the beauty of nature or shiver in the freezing temperatures. Let’s look at some snowy landscape paintings that will make you fall in love with the weather of winter.

Ice, Ice, Baby

How does snow enrapture us? What about the falling ice crystals captured, and still does, the hearts and minds of artists? Below are several snowy landscape paintings to help better understand that rejuvenating feeling of a winter’s snow fall if you happen to live somewhere in the world that does not see much, if any, snow during the colder months. Or, if you like to look at snow but do not enjoy the cold weather it comes with, enjoy these paintings.

7 Snowy Landscape Paintings

 

1. Pierre-Auguste Renoir: A snow-covered lake in Paris

It could be argued that one of the best activities involving snow is outdoor ice-skating. And it looks as if many people agreed with that sentiment based on this landscape painting at the Bois de Boulogne in Renoir‘s Paris.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, snowy landscape painting
Auguste Renoir, Skaters in the Bois de Boulogne, 1868, private collection. Wikimedia Commons.

2-3. Claude Monet: Winter weather in the city and fields

The 19th century Impressionist painter created over 100 paintings on the theme of snow. Below are two of those well-known oil paintings.

Claude Monet, Snow Scene at Argentuil
Claude Monet, Snow Scene at Argenteuil, 1875, The National Gallery, London, England, UK.

Claude Monet, Wheat Stacks, Snow effect, Morning.
Claude Monet, Wheat Stacks, Snow Effect, Morning, 1890-1891, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA.

4. Camille Pissarro: Snow covered Paris

Like his Impressionist counter-parts, Pissarro created beautiful snowy landscape paintings. Below, he focused on the area of Paris near the Louvre.

Camille Pissarro, Louvre under snow
Camille Pissarro, The Louvre Under Snow, 1902, The National Gallery, London, England, UK.

5. Edvard Munch: Winter weather walk

There is something special about Munch’s depiction of a snow-covered street. The stark contrast of the snow-covered street to the browns, blacks, and reds of the surrounding trees, sky, and figures, makes for a great “snow” themed painting.

Edvard Munch, New Snow in the Avenue, Oslo, Snow covered, winter weather
Edvard Munch, New Snow in the Avenue, 1906, Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.

6. Kazimir Malevich: Abstract winter weather

This painting is interesting because, even though it is more abstract, the colors and shapes help to us identifying it as a snowy landscape painting.

Kazimir Malevich, Morning in the village after snow storm
Kazimir Malevich, Morning in the Village After Snowstorm, 1912, The Guggenheim Museum, New York City, New York, USA.

7. John Northcote Nash: Snow covered fields

The oil painting depicts melting snow. But it could also very well be a fresh light dusting of the winter weather.

John Northcote Nash, Melting Snow at Wormingford
John Nortcote Nash, Melting Snow at Wormingford, 1962, Beercroft Art Gallery, Essex, England, UK. Art UK.

I Smell Snow: Are you a Lorelai or a Luke?

Lorelai describes perfectly the feeling when you love snow in several scenes from the beloved show.

Gilmore Girls Advent Calendar, 24:I Smell Snow. Cup of TV/YouTube.

 

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