Thursday, December 09, 2010

A Winter Wonderland

What an appropriate name for a presentation by Dr. David Stark of the Art Institute of Chicago.  This time the Art Institute came to us in a suburb of Chicago to a wonderful century old golf club on picturesque snowy grounds.

Dr. Stark presented each area of art by its style and century the piece was excuted.  We were first introduced to Bruegel, Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap, 1565



Friedrich, Graveyard Under Snow, 1827

Renaissance to Rococo Fifteenth to Eighteenth Century
Limbourg Brothers, Tres riches heures du Duc de Berry (February) 1413-1416

Goya, Winter Scene, 1786 (Sometimes these scenes were painted for weavers who wove them into tapestries to be hung on wall).  A simplier version of this painting was first done for a tapestry.


Boucher, Winter, (Four Seasons Series) 1765 - All of them of loving couples.  Don't you love this sleigh?


Avercamp, Scene on Ice, 1625


Romanticism
Friedrich, Winter Landscape, 1811 - If you enlarge this painting you will see a man sitting by the large evergreen with his crutches thrown in the snow looking at a religious cross.  It is debatable if he has been cured or if he has come to die.

Turner, Snowstorm, 1837

Realism
Courbet, Fox in the Snow, 1860


Impressionism and Post Impressionism

Monet, Sandvika, Norway, 1895

Pissarro, Rabbit Warren at Pontoise, Snow 1879


Monet, Ice Floes, 1880 (painted after his wife Camille (32) died of cancer), symbolizes the breaking apart of his life.

Ashcan School, early twentieth century, realism, depicting people the way they lived
Henri, Snow in New York, 1902


Bellows, Morning Snow - Hudson River, 1910


Twentieth Century
Burchfield, Orion in Winter, 1962


Richter, Ice, 1989

I think I have changed my mind about winter, it is certainly art!  I still do not like the shoveling and the driving in the snow, but it is a fascinating happening each year in many parts of the world and to the artist has very life cyclical meaning.  If you would like to see Dr. Stark's complete visual presentation you can access it at
http://mdid.artic.edu/ , log in is public, password is public. left menu bar select Slide show, under Slide show select author Stark, David, select Slide show Winter Wonderland.


27 comments:

LC said...

Lovely! L

Carolyn Gail said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful paintings of winter, Eileen. Its so much more fun to paint them than live through them :-)

Edith Hope said...

Dear Eileen, This has been such a joy to look at. How wonderful that you have shared the presentation as I shall look again at my leisure. I should have loved to have been at the talk and hear the presentation as I am sure that your speaker was inspiring and knowledgeable. I wish that I owned the Pissarro!!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thankis Larry, some look like your property.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Carolyn, I am not a lover of snow art, but with the techniques and color added, I really liked them.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Edith, there were many I wish I owned, so much more than just snow paintings.

Eileen

joey said...

Stunning post, Eileen. Thank you for sharing this fabulous art ... I'm gettin' in the winter mode, slowing but surely!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joey, I am not sure I will get in the winter mode. We are 40 degrees today and then the bottom is going to fall out again!

Eileen

Bernie said...

This is a terrific topic ... I so enjoyed the selection of paintings. What a range of interpretations ... I just absolutely loved the Pissarro and the Friedrich. Thanks for sharing this great subject.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Bernie, I guess it really made me think of how hard it must have been for those past generations without central heating and vehicles with all wheel drive. However, they were still able to paint it as a beautiful happening.

Eileen

Balisha said...

What a wonderful probram this must have been. I really enjoyed this post...Winter art has always been my favorite. Some of these were familiar to me....but some I had not seen before.
Thankyou, Balisha

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Balisha, it was a great program, not that I thought I would like snow paintings. But each was so unique and beautiful that I left with a whole different perspective.

Eileen

Jim Groble said...

As you have seen, I live in a winter wonderland. jim

Gatsbys Gardens said...

You are quite right Jim, and it looks like we will be with you on the weekend.

Eileen

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I am an artist and some of these are my favorites. It looks like the ice breaking up in Monet's painting in Holland right now. I took photos of it today. I never appreciated winter until this year. I am in Dutch country. xo Jenny

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jenny, the Dutch are great at celebrating winter.

Eileen

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

So many wonderful paintings that it gives me a new appreciation for the magic of snow. The Bruegel is my favorite.

Karen said...

What wonderful artwork, Eileen. I enjoyed this post so much. Every artist depicts their subject differently and so well.

We are still in the midst of the blizzard and it's not letting up anytime soon. Stay warm!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jennifer, I liked Bruegel's work also, could have been done in present day.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Karen, it is blowing pretty hard here also but I guess not as bad as you are getting it up north.

Eileen

Rebecca Sweet said...

I've been wanting to go to the DeYoung Museum for the past year, but never seem to get the chance. Thank you SO much for this beautiful post. I love seeing the art and its been the perfect way to start my Sunday! (I think my favorite is the last one - the ice actually looks like Birch tree bark to me!) Happy Holiday! - R

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Rebecca,

It was so nice of Dr. Stark to gather all of these significant paintings together for us as if I went to the museum I would probably never find many of them.

Eileen

Zoey said...

What a surprise to stop in and see a Pieter Bruegel painting. Many moons ago when I was attending a community college, I had to write a paper on one of his paintings--I can't remember the name of the artwork, but it had something to do with peasants. I remember that I really liked his work.

Have a great Sunday, Eileen! I hope you are enjoying the blizzard as much as I am.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Zoey, so glad you liked the paintings. It was certainly an eye opener for me in regard to winter artwork!

Eileen

Bernie said...

Just read your comment on my MM post, Eileen. Sounds like you're having some nasty weather in that winter wonderland of yours over there. I do hope you're snug and safe!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie, it is not nice, but I guess we should be used to it by now. I stayed inside all day baking, but tomorrow I am going to have to venture outside.

Eileen

Cottage Garden said...

What a fantastic presentation Eileen. The artwork shown here is wonderful. I love snowy and wintry scenes. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne
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