December is here! While it is impossible not to notice the shift in weather, it’s not all bad – while it may be colder, the festive season has also begun! Celebrate the seasonal events inspiring celebration from religious groups, as well as the beauty of the natural world and its influence on visual artists. While the specific types of paint, the application or subjects differ greatly between these pieces, all of the artists shared their inspiration in this beautiful time of year and the environment it creates.
Family and Friends
These artworks all depict a Christmas enjoyed by the side of friends and family. A range of styles and media are used across the pieces, but all intend to evoke that warm festive feeling we all get walking the streets in December!
These paintings portray specific events or happenings in winter, such as Christmas Shopping, Ice Skating and similar pursuits.
Christianity celebrates several days around this time of year, and we have an abundance of vibrant religious artwork on this period. From the Virgin Mary to the Three Kings, all elements of Christian religious history are covered by what we have in the archive – we also hold many religious texts and documents.
Hannukah is also celebrated in December by those of the Judaism faith. The Hannukah Lamp features in most Jewish artworks on this subject, and a large variety of visual styles and methods of depiction are used. We have highlighted some contemporary paintings below, alongside book extracts and engravings. We also hold contemporary photographs covering Hannukah celebrations across the globe.
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 enjoying the festivities along with human companions. Wild animals frolic in snowy fields, and pets gather around fireplaces.
Many of the beautifully festive artworks shown here have been created by our Bridgeman Studio Artists. For more information on Bridgeman Studio click here.