Let it snow: Five winter works of art

  • 19 December 2016

There’s nothing quite like a white Christmas, so we thought we’d take a look at five works we’ve helped to fund over the years that portray winter at its snowy best.

Christmas Day by William McTaggart, 1898 © Kirkcaldy Galleries

Christmas Day by William McTaggart, 1898

1

Snow Scene by Lucien Pissarro

Lucien Pissarro was the oldest son of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. He was known for his printmaking, wood engraving and landscape painting. This picture shows the church in the village of East Knoyle, near Salisbury, where he lived in 1916. Apparently, it was began as a foggy scene, but was later changed to a snow scene at sunset. The work was bequeathed by Mrs D M Fulford through the Art Fund in 1945, it can be seen at the Bristol Museum and Gallery.


2

Winter by Peter Wishart

Acquired in 1963, this snowy scene is one of three paintings by the artist at Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife. It comes from the collection of JW Blyth, a linen mill owner and art lover, who amassed well over 100 paintings during his life. He was the grandfather of former Conservative MP, Michael Portillo.


3

The Old Man of Coniston from The Bell - A Winter Study by WG Collingwood

This beautiful watercolour was painted by WG Collingwood, author, artist and one-time assistant to John Ruskin, the eminent Victorian art critic. Through Ruskin he came to know the Lake District, where he lived for many years. The picture shows one of the region’s most well-known fells, the snow cover revealing the contours and structure of the mountain as it rises into a blank sky. It was acquired with our assistance in 2006 and can be seen at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston, which was founded by Collingwood in 1901.


4

Christmas Day by William McTaggart

Another painting from the JW Blyth collection, this oil painting depicting a snowy Christmas Day in Scotland can also be seen at the Kirkcaldy Galleries. McTaggart was the son of a crofter, born in a small village in Kintyre in 1835. He drew inspiration from Constable and Turner, and was fascinated with nature and our relationship to it. His impressionistic landscapes earned him the label ‘the Scottish Impressionist’.


5

Mountains and Rivers of Kiso (Snow) by Ando Hiroshige

Ando Hiroshige was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition, and know for his depictions of the Japanese landscape. This picture shows the snow covered mountains of Kiso, and many experts believe that these triptychs surpass the earliest landscapes by fellow ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. The work was acquired in 1992 and can be seen at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.


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