“Stillness is the flower of winter, all hope waits beneath a blanket of white.” – Unknown.

Winter is a magical time of year, with a special and rare quietude in the air. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a coat of snow painting the ground, trees and rooftops in a shimmering white. It also may be the most challenging season for artists to depict, but here is Bridgeman’s pick of some of the finest works from this chilly period:


Snow Scene-Wanstead Park, Nils Hans Christiansen (late 19th century) / Chenil Galleries, London, UK


Winter, (oil on canvas), Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-93) / Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria


Drum bridge and Setting Sun Hill at Meguro, from the series ‘100 Views of Edo’, pub. by Uoya Eikichi, 1857, Utagawa or Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) / Roger Nyle Parisious Collection


Winter Morning – Engadine (oil on canvas), Ivan Fedorovich Choultse (1874-1939) / © The Sullivan Collection


In the Wild North, 1891 (oil on canvas), Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin (1832-98) / Kiev Museum of Ukranian Art, Kiev, Ukraine


The Reverend Robert Walker skating on Duddingston Loch, 1795 (oil on canvas), Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) / © Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh


The Shortening Winter’s Day is Near a Close (oil on canvas), Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) / © Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool


View of Roofs (Snow Effect) or Roofs under Snow, 1878 (oil on canvas), Gustave Caillebotte (1848-94) / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France


Snow, Times Square 1, 2008 (oil on canvas), Bill Jacklin (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection


Winter Landscape, 1909 (oil on canvas), Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) / State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia


Snowy Landscape (oil on canvas), Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) / Musee de l’Orangerie, Paris, France


Hunters in the Snow – January, 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) / Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria


Winter Landscape, 1879 (oil on canvas), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) / Museum of Fine Arts (Szepmuveszeti) Budapest, Hungary


The Polar Sea, 1824 (oil on canvas), Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) / Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Winter Landscape with a Church, c.1811 (oil on canvas), Caspar David Friedrich / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images


New Snow in the Avenue, 1906 (oil on canvas), Edvard Munch (1863-1944) / Munch-museet, Oslo, Norway / De Agostini Picture Library / M. Carrieri


Snow, Boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 1886 (oil on canvas), Paul Signac (1863-1935) / Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA / Bequest of Putnam Dana McMillan


Winter Landscape in Moonlight, 1919 (oil on canvas), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) / Detroit Institute of Arts, USA / Gift of Curt Valentin


The Four Seasons: Winter, 1755 (oil on canvas), Francois Boucher (1703-70) / Frick Collection, New York, USA

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