Colours of autumn: paintings of the season

Colours of autumn: paintings of the season

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Across much of the world, autumn or fall is the most beautiful time of the year with trees glistening with gold, red, yellow and orange. The turning of the season has captivated artists for centuries with many painters also using it as an opportunity to  contemplate the themes of change and decay. Here are some of the finest portrayals of autumn in the history of art.

Autumn Tree, 1909, Schiele, Egon (1890-1918) / Private Collection
Autumn Tree, 1909, Schiele, Egon (1890-1918) / Private Collection
Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, 1873, Monet, Claude (1840-1926) / Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK
Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, 1873, Monet, Claude (1840-1926) / Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK
Golden Autumn, 1895 (oil on canvas), Levitan, Isaak Ilyich (1860-1900) / Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Golden Autumn, 1895 (oil on canvas), Levitan, Isaak Ilyich (1860-1900) / Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Left: Credit: Autumn, 2016 (printmaking), Morley, Nat (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection Right: Autumn Sunrise (gouache), Miller, John (1931-2002) / Private Collection
Left: Credit: Autumn, 2016 (printmaking), Morley, Nat (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection
Right: Autumn Sunrise (gouache), Miller, John (1931-2002) / Private Collection

 

Robin, 1982 (w/c & bodycolour on paper), Fedden, Mary (1915-2012) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
Robin, 1982 (w/c & bodycolour on paper), Fedden, Mary (1915-2012) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images
The Birch Wood, 1903 (oil on canvas), Klimt, Gustav (1862-1918) / Private Collection
The Birch Wood, 1903 (oil on canvas), Klimt, Gustav (1862-1918) / Private Collection
Shawanagunk Mountains, Autumn, 1863 (oil on canvas), McEntee, Jervis (1828-91) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
Shawanagunk Mountains, Autumn, 1863 (oil on canvas), McEntee, Jervis (1828-91) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images
Autumn, 1871 (oil on canvas), Grimshaw, John Atkinson (1836-93) / Private Collection / Roy Miles Fine Paintings
Autumn, 1871 (oil on canvas), Grimshaw, John Atkinson (1836-93) / Private Collection / Roy Miles Fine Paintings
Autumn Leaves, 1856 (oil on canvas), Millais, John Everett (1829-96) / Manchester Art Gallery, UK
Autumn Leaves, 1856 (oil on canvas), Millais, John Everett (1829-96) / Manchester Art Gallery, UK

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2 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I really love your website, and have been using it as a reference for themes I like. I was wondering who the artist was of the first painting at the top of the page. I really like that painting.

    Thanks

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