December is here, which means that Christmas isn’t far away!
While it is impossible not to notice the shift in weather, it’s not all bad – the festive season has also begun! As we edge closer to the holidays, discover how this season has inspired our contemporary artists at Bridgeman Studio. From the religious and cultural significance of Christmas to the beauty of the natural world during Winter, find a selection of our seasonal highlights below.
While the media used, the subject matter or application of materials vary greatly between these pieces, all of the artists shared their inspiration in this beautiful time of year and the environment it creates.
The Christmas period around the day itself and the time building up to it form a significant part of the festive experience, which has inspired an appropriately large selection of artwork.
Today, Christmas themed art tends to focus less on the traditional icons, such as Santa, Snowmen and Reindeer and more on families celebrating, friends coming together and cosy interiors.
The beauty of a snowy landscape is central to these paintings – something about the white, rolling hills evokes childhood dreams of a white Christmas.
Fields and Fauna
Animals play a huge part in festivities of the season – in some situations, as ceremonial figureheads and in others as traditional foodstuffs. However, most popular among artists are contemporary works depicting animals of all kinds in winter weather and surrounded by festive imagery.
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