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Every year at this time too many lists are compiled where many say too much with too little. One of the most overlooked aspects these days is simple weather imagery. For example recently a group of well intentioned protestors camped out along the Missouri River in North Dakota to protest an oil pipeline from the Baaken fields to Chicago the Obama Adminstration previously approved. Where it got interesting with these global warming activists and their koombayah camp seminars, was in early December when mother nature came calling. The temperatures got as low as thirty degrees below zero, and at that temperature, celsius and fahrenheit are one and the same.

As the old tv commercial used to say "it's not nice to fool mother nature." Anyhow in this vein of looking back, here are some of the better paintings we have used in the past two years to depict that most rugged time of landscape painting, winter. First and formost of these images is a George Catlin painting at the New Britain Museum called Hunting Buffalo in Snow Shoes. The relevant fact about that canvas is that it was likely painted in the area the new age protestors thinks might be in danger of getting "too warm."

1845 Buffalo Hunt in Snow Shoes by George CatlinGeorge Catlin (1796-1872), Dakota Buffalo Hunt in Snow Shoes, New Britain Museum of American Art

 1822 decamp alexandre clark art20151224 123844 1Alexander-Gabriel Decamps, French, 1803–1860, The Poacher circa 1847, Clark Art Institute

1860 durrie metGeorge Durrie (1820-1863), Red School House, 1858, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1864 blythe hungtingtonDavid Gilmour Blythe (1815–1865), The Halfway House, 1863, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

1865 church smith american artFrederic Church (1826-1900), Aura Borealis, 1865, Smithsonian Museum of American Art

1873 pissaro Piette clarkCamille Pissaro (French 1830-1903), Piette's House at Montfoucault, France, 1874, Clark Art Institute

1880 pissaro pastel paris clarkCamille Pissaro (French 1830-1903), Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris, 1880, Clark Art Institute

1890 blakelock0insane asylu questroyalRalph Blakelock (1847-1919), Middletown Insane Asylum, 

1891 monet metClaude Monet (1840-1926), Haystacks (Effect of Snow and Sun), 1891, Metropolitan Museum of Art1902remington scout clarkFrederic Remington (1860-1909), The Scout (Friend or Foe), Clark Art Institute1907kent met

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), Winter, Monhegan Island, 1907, Metropolitan Museum of Art,1910 bellows brooklynGeorge Bellows (1882-1925), A Morning Snow, Hudson River, 1910, Brooklyn Museum1920 biddle nyplGeorge Biddle (1885-1973), New York in Winter, New York Public Library1930 lyman wigginsGuy C. Wiggins (1883-1962), Snowed under in New York, Lyman Allyn Art Museum,1934 smithsonian AAMskolfield raymondRaymond White Skolfield (1909-1996), Natural Power, 1934, Smithsonian American Art Museum1950 moses nbmaaAnna Mary Robertson Moses (1860–1961), Winter near Hoosic Falls, NY, circa 1950, New Britain Museum of American Art

 

Hysterical hyperventilation aside, winter will remain on display for the next three months. God help those kids in North Dakota, even Lewis and Clark knew not to stir forth in such circumstances.

 

About the Author

Robert Alexander Boyle

Robert Alexander Boyle

 Alexander Boyle is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT where he majored in History. Prior to graduation he co-authored the seminal book Acid Rain in 1983. Alex has worked for the Metropo...
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