Even though I come from the California coast, January, for me, represents snow, bare branches and the ice skating season. And so, here, for your viewing and pondering pleasure, a couple of artistic visions of winter:
Breugel, Peter the Elder Hunters in the Snow - January, 1565, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Arcimboldo, Giuseppe Winter, 1573, Louvre Museum, Paris
I picked these paintings fairly randomly, just by racking over my brain back for the art works I knew having to do with winter. But by placing them all on this page together, I've noticed a couple of things. First, although the paintings spain roughly 350 years, they seem rather oddly to be grouped in pairs, with the paintings in each pair being painted within 25 years of their partner.
Hokusai, Katsushik Winter Evening in Japan 1760
Stuart, Gilbert The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
The works of the pair above are the only ones of this group which were painted by non-Europeans (one Japanese artist, one American). This means either that non-Europeans painted fewer winter scenes, or that I have a skewed knowledge of art history, and am more aware of paintings by Europeans. I suspect the latter explanation is probably more the case. Even the painting by Hokusai became important to western art historians (and thus well know to me) probably not as much for its own sake, but because European artists such as the impressionists "discovered", admired, and imitated Hokusai's work. Furthermore, there is not a work among these six painted by a woman.
Amiet, Cuno Schneelandschaft (Snow Landscape), 1904, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Malevich, Kazimir, Morning in the Village after Snowstorm, 1912, Guggenheim Museum, NY
Which is your favorite painting, and why?